parasocial

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From para- +‎ social.

Adjective[edit]

parasocial (not comparable)

  1. Describing one-sided relationships, as for example between celebrities and their audience or fans.
    • 2006, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media: TWO-VOLUME SET, SAGE Publications ISBN 9781452265513
      Donald Horton and R. Richard Wohl coined the term parasocial interaction in 1956 to describe the imaginary interactions between the audience and TV variety show hosts, noting the “seeming face-to-face relationship” that viewers developed []
    • 2016, Molly Marshall, AQA Psychology Student Guide 3: Issues and debates in psychology; options, Hachette UK ISBN 9781471856808
      In the past, parasocial relationships occurred predominantly with television or film celebrities, but now these [] and celebrities openly share their opinions and activities through various social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook.

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