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We are genuinely invested in the outcome of a story and the state of the various characters.
These connections to fictional stories and characters are why many people share their opinions about the plots and characters’ actions. People feel so connected, and in some cases, they feel like they have ownership over something.
For many people, watching a show regularly can be a form of temporarily checking out of what’s going on in the real world.
It’s a way we detach from our own issues, our own problems. And the thought of giving that up and coming back to our own world is a little frightening for people.
It becomes a ritual for people. And it's a form of shared collective experience.
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