Social Psychology Explanation of The Attraction of Celebrity

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How does social psychology explain attraction of celebrity?
Parasocial Relationships
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What is a parasocial relationship?
A relationship in which an individual is attracted to another but that target is usually unaware of their existence
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Why might a parasocial relationship be appealing?
The relationship makes few demands and doesn't risk rejection
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Who are parasocial relationships commonly formed between?
Celebrities and their fans
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Who carried out a meta-analysis involving factors which determine the likelihood of a parasocial relationship?
Schiappa (2007)
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What were the results of Schiappa's research?
Parasocial relationships are more likely to be formed with a physically or emotionally attractive individual, who have similarities in character and seem real, PRs unaffected by age
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Who carried out research involving the effect of attachment type on the likelihood of parasocial relationships forming?
Cole & Leets (1999)
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What were the results of Cole & Leets' research?
Insecure-resistant attachement type individuals are most likely to form parasocial relationships because they tend to fear rejection in interpersonal relationships, Insecure-avoidant types are least likely because they tend to have intimacy issues
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Who carried out research challenging the face valid assumption that loneliness is a predictor of parasocial relationships?
Shiappa (2007), Sood & Rogers (2000)
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What were the results of Schiappa's research?
Loneliness is not a predictor of parasocial relationships
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What were the results of Sood & Rogers' research?
Parasocial relationships are usually formed by more socially active people
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Who carried out research involving a link between parasocial relationships and eating disorders?
Maltby (2005)
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What were the results of Maltby's research involving a link between parasocial relationships and eating disorders?
There is a relationship between parasocial relationships and body image which suggests that parasocial relationships with celebrities who are slim may lead to poor body image in female adolescents
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What practical applicant does Maltby's research involving a link between parasocial relationships and eating disorders have?
Restriction of the use of editing software of celebrities in media which makes them look slimmer than they realistically are
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