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How Do We React When Our Favorite Shows and Favorite Characters Are Taken Away? An Examination of a Temporary Parasocial Breakup

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This study examines viewer’s reactions to a parasocial breakup situation. The television writers’ strike in 2007 caused many popular television shows to be taken off the air for a limited but substantial amount of time. Individuals who had their favorite TV character and/or favorite TV show taken off the air because of the strike were asked about their parasocial relationships (PSRs) with their favorite characters, their general TV affinity and about the distress that was caused by the loss of their favorite character/TV show. Results show that those with stronger PSRs with their favorite television characters report greater distress when that character is no longer available for viewing and that those with greater television affinity report more distress when their favorite TV show is no longer available. Instrumental viewing was also found to predict greater distress while ritualistic viewing was not a significant predictor of distress.

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Lather, Julie. and Moyer-Guse, Emily. "How Do We React When Our Favorite Shows and Favorite Characters Are Taken Away? An Examination of a Temporary Parasocial Breakup" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, May 20, 2009 <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p300788_index.html>

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Lather, J. and Moyer-Guse, E. , 2009-05-20 "How Do We React When Our Favorite Shows and Favorite Characters Are Taken Away? An Examination of a Temporary Parasocial Breakup" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2017-09-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p300788_index.html

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Abstract: This study examines viewer’s reactions to a parasocial breakup situation. The television writers’ strike in 2007 caused many popular television shows to be taken off the air for a limited but substantial amount of time. Individuals who had their favorite TV character and/or favorite TV show taken off the air because of the strike were asked about their parasocial relationships (PSRs) with their favorite characters, their general TV affinity and about the distress that was caused by the loss of their favorite character/TV show. Results show that those with stronger PSRs with their favorite television characters report greater distress when that character is no longer available for viewing and that those with greater television affinity report more distress when their favorite TV show is no longer available. Instrumental viewing was also found to predict greater distress while ritualistic viewing was not a significant predictor of distress.


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