There are two main reactions that can be seen in the general public when something is spoiled for them. Whether it is a movie, television show, or even a video game, when something is spoiled a person either feels relieved/thankful or becomes upset in some way. Although I’m no expert, it seems the latter is the more common reaction.
There are clear reasons why spoilers would be negative to the majority of people; they ruin surprises, extinguish curiosity, and almost discourage excited anticipation! They take all of the fun out of patiently waiting for the next big event or reveal. So why do people do it? Why do they purposefully spoil our entertainment? Clearly adding a *spoiler alert* before spilling the beans is a courteous option, yet, there are still so many people out there who blatantly talk and write about these spoilers at everyone else’s expense. Yes, it is just human nature to want to share rousing information with the world and start up a discussion about such information. However, when the average person hasn’t learned of/discovered the rousing information themselves, the person spoiling it also ends up stripping them of their natural right to self educate. According to the website Greater Good, “It turns out that surprise works on the dopamine system in our brains, helping us to focus our attention and inspiring us to look at our situation in new ways.” Thus, not only are spoilers annoying and rude, but they are creativity and cognitively destructive!
On the other side of the spectrum, spoilers can do some good as well. As crazy as this may sound, I sometimes prefer spoilers from time to time. Think about it this way, sometimes life doesn’t offer us the luxury of free time, or at least free time specifically when we want it. When people are busy, sometimes they just want the highlights of an event. I happen to be one of those people. Now, I am not a Game of Thrones fan, so I do not understand how bad some of the spoilers for that beloved show have been. However, when it comes to reality television, I love to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. Unfortunately though, I did not always have an hour or two to spare every Monday night to see which of my favorite drag queens got to stay and who was eliminated. To spare myself some time, because heartbreak was inevitable with that show, I would ask my friends or family what happened, who left the show, and what the most exciting parts were. In fact, I haven’t watched the last five episodes because of this! The spoilers worked for me, and I appreciated them catching me up on whatever I couldn’t see on my own.
There are always two sides to every situation, even when it comes to spoilers. Do you hate them, or do you appreciate them from time to time like I do? Let us know in the comments below! And remember friends, if you yourself plan to spoil some exciting information, remember to be courteous and offer a spoiler alert first!