5 Surprising Reasons Why People Are Ditching Their Favorite True Crime Podcast

If your favorite podcast host feels like they became your best friend during COVID-19, you’re not the only one.

A study published in late 2022 found that the more hours you spend listening to podcasts, the more likely you will have a strong parasocial relationship with hosts. 

One of the study's authors, Stephanie J. Tobin, a senior psychology lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, explained that these relationships overall led to a bigger sense of belonging and “presence of meaning.” 

But sometimes, just like with real friends, we reach a point in our one-sided relationship where we can’t keep going. 

If you’re pressing play on a podcast, especially if it's true crime, chances are you have an expectation that the facts you’re being told about a case are correct. Even if a podcast falls into the “true crime comedy” category, listeners admitted on Reddit that facts matter.

Getting Basic Facts Wrong

Unless you’re turning on a podcast with the expectation of a casual discussion about true crime, a host’s opinion about a case — especially when they’re presenting facts — is unwelcome. 

Host Bias

One Reddit user talked about Disgraceland, a podcast that covers music history through a true crime lens. They admitted they stopped listening because “the stories became such a stretch.”

Stories Become a Stretch

While people who listen to podcasts know that, for the most part, the true crime podcasts they’re listening to aren’t shows based on original journalism, they still want the host to tell the story in their own words. 


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