Television and Loneliness -- the Frontal Cortex

So, just as a friendship evolves through spending time together and sharing personal thoughts and opinions, parasocial relationships evolve by watching characters on our favorite TV shows, and becoming involved with their personal lives, idiosyncrasies, and experiences as if they were those of a friend.

This research may explain why people feel “betrayed” when TV show plots don’t go the way they had hoped.