We are dating now watch
But still, just to be safe, I asked psychologist Shira Gabriel, a professor at the University of Buffalo, to reassure me that I’m not insane. “We’re perhaps the most social species out there, and so we’re wired to form connections to other people,” she told me.
On an emotional level, we tend to have trouble separating an actor from a role, explains Karen Dill-Shackleford, a media psychologist at Fairfield University.
And now, after falling down a multi-day internet rabbit hole of their past routines and old interviews, I’m more than a little upset about it.
(Just look how cute they are playing the newlywed game, for God’s sake.) Plenty of other people on the internet, it seems, are right there with me.
So now we’re stuck with psyches that treat those faraway characters, both real and fictional, as though they’re flesh-and-blood friends, a phenomenon that psychologists call parasocial relationships.
It doesn’t hurt that we’re being fed a carefully crafted narrative about their relationship, Gabriel added: “You’re not reading about the days when they can’t stand each other, or the ways that they’re not compatible.
If you aren’t up to speed on your knowledge of Canadian Olympic ice-dancing duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, allow me to catch you up on a few important facts: They’ve been skating together for more than 20 years, ever since they were paired up by Moir’s aunt when Virtue was seven and Moir was nine.