Media and Friendship-from Reality or Fiction

Anastazia Bristley, Krystyna T Nowak-Fabrykowski

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Abstract<br>The focus of this research project is to investigate if 3 and 4year old children consider fictional characters from movies, video games, toys as friends or is a ‘friend’ specific to real people? Are fictional characters important figures in children’s live? This study used a qualitative, ethnographic research method based on interviewing 64 children 3- and 4-years old attending Child Development and Learning Laboratory -located at the university. They were asked to draw friends and answer questions about who their friends were and why. The results of the study demonstrated that almost all children pointed to real people such as peers and family as friends, but none of them named characters from video games or movies as their friends or friends in general. Children did not identify fictional character as illustrations or models of friendships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia and Friendship-from Reality or Fiction
ISBN (Print)) ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4.
StatePublished - 1800


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