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  • adj. Describing one-sided relationships, as for example between celebrities and their audience or fans.

Etymologies

para- +‎ social (Wiktionary)

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  • In biology, parasociality refers to a type of presociality (non-eusocial sociality) characterized by communal living, non-sexual interactions (not exclusively sexual) and cooperation, among individuals of the same generation.

    September 8, 2008

  • "Psychologists have long known that people can engage in 'parasocial' relationships with fictional characters, like those on TV shows or in books, or with remote celebrities we read about in magazines. Parasocial relationships can use up some of the emotional space in our Dunbar number, crowding out real-life people."

    The New York Times, Brave New World of Digital Intimacy, by Clive Thompson, September 5, 2008

    September 8, 2008