Parasocial relationships and you - where do they exist in your life and are they harming you?

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oneida
Oct 29, 2017
1,774
#51
While it's true that the overwhelming majority of parasocial relationships comes from people interacting with content makers (YouTube creators, Twitch streamers, etc), as the video discusses these relationships can also exist between, for example, a patient and a $6,000 medical device. Just want to broaden the scope here for some people: you don't have to send fanmail to PDP to be engaging in a parasocial relationship.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,745
Toronto
#53
This is why the Twitch and podcast phenomena have always gone over my head. I just can't create the illusion of a relationship like that. There has to be meaningful two-way communication before my mind even considers someone a friend or associate. That's not to say I haven't thought it would be nice to be friends with certain people, it's what the kids call "relatable", but I never felt they were talking directly to me.
 
Oct 29, 2017
8,482
Essex, UK
#58
Kinda Funny sells the whole "best friend" thing pretty hard but I guess it seems a bit contrived to me. Not to say they don't care about their fans because I really think they do, but I cringe at the thought of some lonely viewers taking that label a bit too literally.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,152
#59
Hmm, very interesting stuff. Personally, i'm not affected by this though. Every other human being in the world that grew up on the internet and that spends a disproportionate amount of time in niche online communities? Yeah, sure. But not me. Guess i'm just different ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Anyway, that was my main takeaway from this and I just wanted to post that.