The 22-year-old French teaching assistant has probably also got one eye on Dornan’s Instagram stream, although the actor posts there less frequently, and Facebook page. Anthony relentlessly follows and checks (and then re-checks) virtually every action the 50 Shades of Grey star takes online. He spends up to 15 hours per day keeping tabs on Dornan’s social media activity.
In the quest to be first to Like, comment or respond to Dornan’s online activity, and to bring news to Dornan’s other fans via the Jamie Dornan Online fan site, Anthony is a social media monitoring machine. In France, Anthony’s “co web,” Laura, a 25-year-old childcare worker, puts in the same kind of hours in pursuit of reaching Dornan’s posts first.
Anthony feels the same. He and Laura want to be first. “We think we’d get more chance to be seen and get an answer if we are the first post. Maybe Jamie stays online only for two or three minutes, so it’s always better to post of he’s there.”
Dornan actually follows Anthony and Laura on Twitter, so they claim it’s easier to interact with him there. “We can be sure he’ll see our tweets to him, even he doesn’t reply. We love him for that.”
This kind of dedication might seem strange to people who have only a passing interest in stars and celebs, but it’s not that unusual. Social media has helped foster an often false sense of intimacy between people or groups. It’s called “parasocial relationships,” in which a fan feels they “know” a celebrity through the star’s online activity. Read more…