Children’s Relationships with Media Characters
Do you feel sad when something bad happens to a TV character you Like? Do you know what your favorite mediacharacter likes and what they don’t like? Have you ever cheered for a character on screen as they accomplished a goal? You are experiencing a parasocial relationship with a media character – a one-sided interpersonal relationship with a media persona. Children and adults form parasocial relationships, and we use research to better understand those relationships.