If you haven’t seen your friends or family members recently, there’s a good chance that they have been bingewatching House of Cards. Soon though, the steady stream of spoilery articles, tweets, and status updates will be trickling on to the Internet until it floods our newsfeeds. But say you’re like me and you haven’t had a chance to catch up with the Underwoods and their Machiavellian machinations yet. What do you do? Do you abstain from social media? Do you bite the bullet and just accept your fate? These are the burning questions that are causing us to question our etiquette in our increasingly interconnected digital world.
According to a study by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, spoilers don’t actually diminish one’s enjoyment of a story. Rather, they can actually enhance your overall experience. Still, many of us — myself included — are resistant to the notion of having our favorite series spoiled for us against our will. When it’s okay to spoil stuff? Why do we do it? Is it really that bad? Is there a middle ground to be had? Today on The Dan Cave, we’re going to try and figure it out, once and for all,
Please note: If you’re even entertaining the idea of leaving a comment that spoils Game of Thrones, House of Cards, you name it, then I wish a pox on both your houses. If you’d like to have a constructive conversation however, feel free to sound off in the comments below or talk to me on Twitter (@osteoferocious).
You know what won’t spoil anything? Buying an official The Dan Cave t-shirt. While you’re at it, why not pre-order a copy of my new book, 100 Things Avengers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die? There might be Marvel Universe spoilers inside, but hey, science says that might make you enjoy Marvel’s Phase III even more. The important thing is that the ball is in your court, right?