When Good Friends Say Goodbye: A Parasocial Breakup Study

  title={When Good Friends Say Goodbye: A Parasocial Breakup Study},
  author={Keren Eyal and Jonathan Cohen},
  journal={Journal of Broadcasting \& Electronic Media},
  pages={502 - 523}
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