I hardly ever watch shows on the actual Television anymore. Between hating commercials and being busy when the shows are actual on, it is just easier to watch these shows the next day online. Most of these shows are posted on each channel’s website within a few hours. As long as you have a cable provider that is paired with this TV network then you can watch this show right away. Otherwise you may have to wait for a week if you want to watch these shows on their network site without a login. There are always those illegal sites that have the shows also immediately but also come with the risk of viruses.
With all of these options available to stream shows, it would seem like there is no downside to modern technology when it comes to television. However, social media can put a damper on this. I am not sure if it is just bad luck but there have been countless times that I have been told spoilers due to social media. This started happening when I had a twitter. Due to the trending part on twitter, if one went on during a big episode of a TV show, it was extremely easy to see what was happening. While this can seem great during big events like the Super Bowl, Grammys and other award shows, it is not so great when you want to be surprised by what will happen on your favorite show.
As social media has changed, this trend has seen to grow. For example Facebook now has the trending area on their site as well. This makes it so spoilers are easily shown on Facebook as well. These spoilers are not just in the trending area but friends seem to post statuses about what is occurring on TV shows. Celebrities who are in these shows will also live tweet, Instagram and snap updates during the shows. This makes it almost impossible to log onto social media without getting an update on what is occurring on certain TV episodes.
I have tried avoiding social media altogether, and I still have had spoilers thrown my way. For example, I am a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy. Regardless of if you watch Grey’s Anatomy or not, most people know that many of the characters end up being killed off during their time on the show. So while it is never a shock when someone dies, the surprise is still part of the show. Once I was waiting to watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy until the next day and I had made sure to avoid social media, as I did not want any of the spoilers. When I logged on to the ABC website to watch the show, it told me the spoiler. This website was linked with their social media and thus it was unavoidable. ABC had linked their social media with their site for business purposes. It makes sense for these two entities to be linked. However, in this case social media actually made their business less powerful. By connecting these two sites, they actually made a lot of watchers mad as they were told what would happen. After this incident occurred, there were multiple articles about how upset fans were.
When I started looking into this issue, I realized I am not the only one who has had their favorite TV show spoiled due to social media. On Google, you can find multiple different blog posts and articles on “When is it Okay to Post Spoilers on Social Media”. There are also multiple apps that have been created in order to fix this problem. One of the most popular applications is called Spoiler Shield. This is an application that can be downloaded onto one’s phone to help limit the amount of spoilers that the viewer could potentially see. The free application currently works with Facebook and Twitter. When you log into the application, it allows you to pick from 50 TV shows, and different professional and college sports. When you select you show or shows, it then would not allow any commentary, statuses, or trending subjects to pop up on your news feed that has that TV show’s name in its title.
On the application, the only option is either to allow these words to be on your newsfeed or to not allow. There is no way to put a time limit on the TV show spoiler being blocker, block statuses with character’s name or add TV shows that are not on the list. So while this application seems to be great, it does need some improvements. This still would not have fixed the issue I had with the ABC site spoiler. On top of that, the reviews on the app are not that positive. In fact the application only has 2.5 out of 5 stars. So this application may not be the most successful one, I still believe it is a good idea. The bugs on this application may need to be fixed, but ev