Relationships between Human Beings and Objects: An Extension of Parasocial Interaction

By Mohammad Ali and Justin Velten.

Published by Journal of Communication and Media Studies

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Published Online: February 14, 2017 $US5.00

Objects have been playing a crucial role as a medium of people’s interpersonal relationships and communication for a long time. Though the nature and types of objects evolved over time, their natural association shows presence of a strong interaction between them. Human-object interaction is, however, not studied widely despite having much research on relationships between two individuals. Keeping that idea in mind, this study examines human-object interaction, an extension of parasocial interaction, for a robust understanding on how the interaction develops and progresses between a person and an object over time. Findings of the analysis include that frequent use of and visiting an object create a one-way interaction of users or visitors with that object, and the human-object parasocial interaction evolves in phases.

Keywords: Communication Theory, Human Being, Object, Parasocial Interaction, Interpersonal Relationships

The Journal of Communication and Media Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: February 14, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.782KB)).

Mohammad Ali

Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, USA

Dr. Justin Velten

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, USA