Is Social Media Spoiling TV?

We’ve all experienced it, the accidental slip of logging into your Twitter and/or Facebook account when you missed the live showing of your favorite TV show and getting the plot of the episode spoiled by your lovely friends and followers via posts, pictures and statuses.

The frustration we all feel when an anticipated episode of our religiously watched TV series is spoiled before you even get the chance to catch up on the current season.  It seems just to be expected nowadays, most of us know to avoid social media for the following 24 hours of the episode airing or until you finally get the chance to catch up, but that even proves difficult with the growing obsession on checking into our accounts without even realizing it.

What is even the point of posting something about the episode you just watched though?  Is it going to give you further closure into what you just experienced and can’t quite get over that drama?  Probably not.  But it’s a part of today’s culture and is basically a routine every week episodes air, it’s just the norm and creates conversation and mostly, anger from equally devoted fans who had an exam to study for or too large a load of homework that made it next to impossible for them to tune in one night.  It seems to make it seem like we all like to create conversation amongst social media, to get people hyped up or angry for missing a highly anticipated season or series finale.

A recent example of major social media spoilers is the last Game of Thrones Season 3 Season Finale, ‘The Red Wedding,’ which, if those fans who had previously read the book series the HBO show is based off of, would have already known what was coming, but for those who are just TV fans, were brutally spoiled of the deaths, drama and all that went down in the highly anticipated and hyped up finale.  Was it worth it for those who tuned in to freak out immediately after something big, dramatic and unexpected happened every moment via social media?  Why can’t they just text or freak out to their friends they know are watching it at the time and let those feelings out that way?  It’s the drama, talk and reaction that comes from reacting via social media that is intriguing and fun to them that makes it why they chooe to spoil TV’s biggest shows.

Spoilers have become so bad via social media that many usually devoted viewers and fans chose not to even tune into the missed episode, they got everything they needed from reading tweets, statuses and posts about it so why would they need to spend an hour of their time watching an episode where they already know what happens?  It’s very rare for certain TV series fans to be so devoted in watching episodes over and over again, which is a great business for Netflix and other TV Series streaming applications (HBO GO, Hulu, etc.).

So, what’s your view on TV spoilers?  How do you usually react to your favorite TV show’s recent episode getting spoiled on social media?

Sources:

Social Media is Ruining TV. (n.d.). Magnify Digital Inc.. Retrieved March 13, 2014, from http://www.magnifydigital.com/social-media/social-media-is-ruining-tv/

Popkin, H. (2013, June 9). Nbc News Technology. NBC News. Retrieved March 13, 2014, from http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/game-spoilers-social-media-killing-dvr-culture-6C10247266

Gross, D. (2014, February 25). Spoiler alert! Negotiating social media in the DVR age. CNN. Retrieved March 13, 2014, from http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/25/tech/social-media/spoilers-social-media/

4 thoughts on “Is Social Media Spoiling TV?

  1. I’ve been amazed by how many people are willing to spoil important things for seemingly no reason. I always figured people would be better than that, but the amount of Facebook comments I’ve seen blatantly spoiling things for people is surprising. It’d be nice if people could avoid it but at this point I don’t think its possible

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  2. It is not just the constant flow of information via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram that ruins the TV show. It is also the banner at the bottom of screen displaying tweets and hashtags. I turn on the TV to tune out the world. Modern technology does not let you do that anymore.

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  3. I definitely think social media is spoiling tv. I like that it is, though. Whenever I don’t want to sit through ads or don’t feel like sitting down through a whole show, it’s great to be able to just look online and see what happens. It’s annoying if you want to watch something and you stumble upon a spoiler, but most of the time it’s convenient to see ahead.

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  4. I think there are pros and cons to it. Live tweeting shows is really entertaining, and the second screen experience of Twitter is definitely a cool way to engage other fans, but it is really frustrating to see spoilers when you’re behind. House of Cards actually did this cool thing where you could block any tweets from your news feed that had potential spoilers.

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