The Indy Maven Friendship series is tackling this simple yet complex relationship from various angles.
We at Indy Maven see the theme of friendship all over the place lately. It’s in the zeitgeist, if you will. Maybe Covid and all its social distancing turned it into a hot topic. Maybe it’s always been a hot topic. But regardless of the reason, lately we can’t scroll without stumbling upon stories about friendship breakups, adult friendships, friendships and boundaries, the importance of friendship… even friendship coaches.
So, we crowdsourced a handful of contributors, board members, as well as the nuclear team at Indy Maven/Maven Space. After all, Indy Maven is made of multitudes. The more voices that chime in, the better we understand and empathize with all women, and the better chance we have at fulfilling our mission. We weren’t sure what kind of a response we’d get. But, as a good friend would, everyone showed up. Better yet, they had something to say.
We are wrapping our series on high note. Who are your parasocal BFFs? What are parasocial BFFs, you ask? According to Sara Petersen in Momfluenced (we highly recommend), “‘parasociality’ refers to the psychological phenomenon of forming bonds with celebrities [and] public figures.”
We hope you delight in the responses as much as we did. We gasped, we smiled, we collectively thoughts, “Yassss.” We hope you do, too, then scribble out your own list… and share it with us. (Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!)
I love the three women who host the podcast “Wine and Crime“, where they “chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents.” They are truly hilarious, addicting and honest women (my “I’m having a rough day” kind of friends).
–Abby Kom, 2023 Indy Maven Indiana Press Club Foundation Fellow
Have something to add to the conversation? Email us at email@example.com and tell us your list of parasocial BFFs.
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