Episode XXII: Parasocial Relationships

Most of us have had an experience with a celebrity, content creator, fictional character, or even an inanimate object that became an important figure in our lives– sometimes like a surrogate friend, parent, or leader.

These one-sided relationships can often be very positive- think of the impact that Mr. Rogers has had on many children. However, they also have the potential to become pathological. And in the age of the internet where the feedback loop between content creator and fan becomes ever more tight, parasocial relationships are becoming quite the phenomenon.

Content referenced in this video:

Strucci Movies series on Parasocial Relationships:

Bo Burnham’s Kanye Rant: