Children’s future parasocial relationships with media characters: the age of intelligent characters

@article{Brunick2016ChildrensFP,
  title={Children’s future parasocial relationships with media characters: the age of intelligent characters},
  author={Kaitlin L. Brunick and Marisa M. Putnam and Lauren E. McGarry and Melissa N. Richards and Sandra L. Calvert},
  journal={Journal of Children and Media},
  year={2016},
  volume={10},
  pages={181 - 190}
}
Abstract Children experience emotionally tinged parasocial relationships with their favorite media characters across a constantly changing media landscape. On the frontier of this landscape are intelligent agents: digital companions that can socially interact with and educate children. We discuss how research on parasocial relationships with media characters can influence the design of intelligent “characters” for children. We discuss the components of parasocial relationships—including… 
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