This study investigates the use of social networking sites by media figures, celebrities and celebrity brands and how consumers use and participate in brand communities on these sites. The concept of parasocial relationships has been applied to this medium and studied as a marketing tool to reach consumers and maintain relationships with them. Consumers' use of social networking sites, their participation with celebrity brands via social networking sites, and their feelings toward that celebrity brand and online community are explored. The relationship between consumers' time spent and usage of social networking sites is compared to factors of parasocial relationships as well as perceptions of celebrity brands.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Online social networks--Psychological aspects; Celebrities--Public opinion; Fans (Persons)--Attitudes; Mass media--Audiences--Psychology
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Communication (CLA)
Phelps, Christine, "Parasocial relationships and social media usage" (2011). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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