School of Communication Studies to Host Last Semester Research Colloquium on Celebrity Social Media and Parasocial Relationships

The session entitled, “Celebrity social media and parasocial relationships: The role of social presence,” will be presented by assistant professor for the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University Jihyun Kim on Friday, May 5.

Kim will present research findings related to her personal and academic interests about celebrities’ social media use. Specifically, her research examines how celebrities’ professional and personal life stories shared on Twitter influence the audience’s perceptions about the celebrity. Further, Kim examines the theoretical notion of social presence in the context of celebrity social media use.

“I feel like celebrities live in our life,” Kim said. “People tend to like it when celebrities share a lot of their personal life. Celebrities are not physically around, but they seem to be socially around.”

The discussion will explore the way celebrities talk and interact with their audience on social media platforms. Kim will be discussing how the different ways celebrities disclose their professional and personal life influences public perspectives.

All research colloquium presentations are free and open to the public.

The School of Communication Studies Research Colloquium Series provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to foster intellectual and collaborative discussions, and to stay informed about current research efforts. Individuals unable to attend the presentation in-person can watch via live-stream at TBD.

Additional details about the colloquium series will be available at at a later date. For questions or consideration for a future colloquium, contact Aaron Bacue at

POSTED: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:08pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 1, 2017 - 4:53pm
Mikala Lugen