Parasocial Relationships With Josh Peck


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Parasocial relationships are defined as one-sided relationships, where one person extends emotional energy, interest and time, and the other party, the persona, is completely unaware of the other’s existence.

Have you ever wondered how the celebrity in this situation, or the "persona", feels about this dynamic? Today we're joined by accomplished actor, writer, and Youtuber Josh Peck, to chat how it feels to be on the other side. With 3.5 million Youtube subscribers, 7 million TikTok followers, 12.6 million Instagram followers, and having been on TV since age 10, it's safe to say Josh is on the receiving end of millions of parasocial relationships.

Can he even process that so many people caring about him or feeling like they know him? How does it feel to know he could be shaping the identities of so many? And does he ever feel a reverse dynamic, where he feels attached to his fans or even betrayed by them? Listen on for a fascinating discussion about human nature, our relationship with ourselves, and the strange dynamic that is parasocial relationships.

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