From Screens to Souls: Parasocial Relationship, Belongingness, and Zest for Life Among Emerging Adulthood K-pop Fans


In the era of technological advances and widespread internet use, forming parasocial relationships, those one-sided connections with admired figures like Korean celebrities, have become effortlessly accessible. These relationships often play a pivotal role in enhancing individuals' zest for life - enthusiasm and energy to live. While past research has delved into parasocial relationships and belongingness, there remains an unexplored territory: the relationship between parasocial relationships and zest for life, with belongingness as the mediator. This study endeavors to bridge this gap by involving 182 K-pop fans (aged 18-29 years old), acknowledging the profound influence of K-pop's popularity and the prevalence of parasocial relationships within this fan community. Moreover, emerging adulthood is characterized by a fundamental need to build intimate relationships, making it a critical stage for investigating how parasocial relationships may affect overall well-being. Data analysis for this research will use Model 4 of the Hayes PROCESS for SPSS 27. The research findings reveal a significant direct effect of Parasocial Friendship Communication and Parasocial Friendship Support on the zest for life among emerging adulthood K-Pop fans. Interestingly, both Physical and Emotional forms of Parasocial Love do not demonstrate a significant direct effect. Furthermore, belongingness does not appear to act as a mediator between parasocial relationships and zest for life. These findings will contribute not only to our understanding of this unique fan culture but also to the broader exploration of one-sided relationships in the digital age. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of fan interactions in the digital era, this study offers a glimpse into how the virtual bonds forged between fans and their idols can have a tangible impact on their overall enthusiasm for life.

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Lisa Angela, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

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Conference: ACP2024
Stream: General Psychology

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Angela L. (2024) From Screens to Souls: Parasocial Relationship, Belongingness, and Zest for Life Among Emerging Adulthood K-pop Fans ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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