Why We Mourn the Loss of TV Dads

Why did so many people mourn the death of Bob Saget? Parasocial relationships describe the emotional connection we experience with loved characters and celebrities.

KEY POINTS:

  • TV dads are idealized versions of the fathers we’d all love to have
  • A parasocial relationship describes the one-sided emotional attachment we feel to real and fictional…

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Dr. Pamela Rutledge

Dr. Pamela Rutledge

Pamela Rutledge is a media psychologist, prof, writer, researcher & consultant, looking for the ‘why’ that drives media consumption, meaning & impact.