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Do you think you have succumbed to at least one para-social relationship? Such as with HubPages?


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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    kallini2010 4 years ago

    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!


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    kallini2010 4 years ago

    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.


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    kallini2010 4 years ago

    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.


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    kallini2010 4 years ago

    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"?


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