There is no way to compare what a TV fanatic feels when something spoils their favorite shows. It all depends on how and where you watch it. While one streaming service might release episodes two days later of the actual release, another service might probably wait six months when it’s not even relevant anymore. So, for people who use some of these services, it’s probable they will be the last ones to know what recently happened in their favorite shows.
If you are a cable person, however, then there is usually not a problem since you watch your shows in the moment they go live. But, what if you missed an episode? What if you got caught up in traffic and couldn’t make it home to watch it? In that moment you know there is no way you can avoid the so-called SPOILER ALERT.
In our phones. It’s in our human nature to communicate and to connect with others, and this is why the internet, specifically social media, is such a big part of our daily interactions. These platforms provides us with a way to connect with millions of people. Television does also connect us by broadcasting all sorts of entertainment. TV allows everyone to watch the same shows at the same time, at completely different places.
What’s our response to it? Comment our thoughts to the world. If someone dies? Our social media is filled with pictures of the actor/actress with sad emojis in its description. Twitter will be filled with tweets looking like this: “I can’t believe [character’s name] died! He was my fav!” or “why would the directors kill him/her. I’m – like – crying right now!”. If you missed an episode you can be sure that you will know all about it, the next time you open a social platform.
TV shows are stories that progress every week, that’s what differentiates them from movies which are beginning to end in a matter of hours. What we most enjoy about a TV show is that it keeps us interested and intrigued, always wanting to know what’s going to happen next week. I can spend a whole week thinking what will happen in my favorite shows. I wonder, for example, who is going to move to the finals in The Voice? Who will or will not get a rose in The Bachelorette? Or, who else is going to die in Pretty Little Liars? We all have been in that “waiting situation” not knowing what will happen. For me, that’s kind of the beauty in it. So, when we encounter spoiler alerts by accident, it ruins that waiting and excitement.
Since spoilers began to invade our social media, I’ve seen consideration from some of the users that want to post their thoughts on popular shows. Before any picture or text about a show’s last episode we see “Spoiler alert!” which prevents you from actually seeing something you cannot unsee. Of course, there is also some people whose goals are to ruin everyone’s shows, and will post everything about it.
First, unfollow all of those spoilers that just want to destroy your life (that sounded a bit dramatic, didn’t it?). Second, avoid checking social media when you haven’t seen the last episode of your favorite show. Trust me, it’s the most effective thing you can do. If it’s too hard, then be very careful.
Until VIDGO releases its app, keeping fingers crossed so it happens soon, just be patient. When VIDGO arrives, your spoilers will cry.
This article was written by Oriana Valderrama, a journalist student at the University of North Texas.