Parasocial Compensation Hypothesis

  title={Parasocial Compensation Hypothesis},
  author={T. Phillip Madison and Lance Porter and Al Greule},
  journal={Imagination, Cognition and Personality},
  pages={258 - 279}
In America, socializing with friends has become a functional alternative to watching television. Such a drastic change in how we spend free time demands a closer look at media effects. The study at hand invokes intrapersonal communication research and parasocial interactions and relationships from the media effects literature, synthesizing a new line of research in the process. We ask, “What functions and characteristics of parasociability predict parasocial compensation for real-life… 

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