Parasocial interaction (or para-social relationship) is a term used by social scientists to describe one-sided, "parasocial" interpersonal relationships in which one party knows a great deal about the other, but the other does not. It can be with a celebrity, or with your dog. The term nowdays is more inclusive. The most important thing is that one party is human and real, the other - well, it can be - an animal, a computer, an illusion, a TV actor/character...
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I met a boy with a T-shirt "Define Girlfriend". I think words are words - they can be stretched as far as their opposite meaning. Besides, no one has to be so serious - I had a parasocial relationship with my Teddy Bear. Wait. Still have.
Oh, my teddy bear! I forgot him! :)
haha - Now I see that I've succumbed to a para-social relationship with this question! ;-)
Dear Nellieanna and any reader who is up for a challenge - you can take it and write a hub - I am sure there will be interest - we are all guilty as charged! Start with Teddy Bears!
I am glad to hear that! Of course, having parasocial relationships is not a bad thing - you can have it with a tree in your backyard - as long as you have enough imagination. Cats, dogs & animals are better, but online thing is always tricky!
Those don't sound too one-sided! :-) Differently-sided, maybe.
The term para-social goes for "one human per relationship" - animals are not human. Parasocial relationships with celebrities - it's normal to feel close to an image - we all fall in love with our own creations - we just need A FACE to add to it.
1 human + 1 animal qualifies for 1 human per relationship. The definition of para-social refers to an imbalance of interest in & dedication to the 'relationship' when 1 party knows all about the other who's oblivious to the 1st, such as fan &
Well, Nellieanna - laugh at it or not - we are often in un-reciprocated relationships without even being aware... For example, the general population does not even recognize the term.
That's true. But ignorance of the term wouldn't mask the feelings from it one suffered. It might happen that people are numb to the feelings, though. Laughing at real feelings wasn't the intention. Noting applicable variations of the term was.
Nellieanna - I did not mean that you actually laughed at it. I am so good at one-sided relationships and one type is with my characters and voices!!!
I understand, sweetie. Hug you
There are plenty of stories when an author writes about a book, a creator and the relationships between characters and the outside world. An excellent example. Remember the movie "Stranger than fiction"?
One's relationship with fictional characters one writes into stories is sort of a one-sided relationship with non-existent beings who take on lives of their own. I've written only a little fiction but felt strong rapport with my characters in it.