parasocial relationships

FRIENDS: The One With the Parasocial Relationships

Marijn van Engelen
12 minutes to read

How can the six Friends feel like our real friends? This article discusses how various elements of the hit TV show contribute to forming parasocial relationships with the fictional characters, evoking a sense of intimacy.

Dan and Phil posing for their live show "Interactive Introverts", looking shocked

Our Parasocial Relationship with Dan and Phil

Clara Daniels
9 minutes to read

In an age where children are brought up by the internet, many domains of everyday life have shifted online. The nature of virtual friendships raises concerns about the interactions we normalize under these new circumstances.