Social media and its integration with television has enhanced the viewing experience. “Live tweeting” is when viewers and perhaps even the actors of a certain show will tweet their thoughts as the show airs. For those individuals who are watching live, the concept of live tweeting is extremely beneficial and rewarding.
As much as I would like to be watching TV all the time, I simply do not have the time to do so. In a perfect world, I would be on my couch eating raspberries and binge watching Breaking Bad* or some other popular show (Scandal*, perhaps). This isn’t a perfect world though and when people are using social media to discuss episodes I haven’t seen, well, I get upset.
As a viewer, I invest a lot of time on a television show. If the show is written well enough, the viewer begins to feel empathetic for the characters and sometimes will even feel part of that imaginary world (yes, sometimes I feel as if I am in Rosewood trying to figure out who ‘A’ is)*.
I know some people may be asking me why I can’t just avoid social media in general, which would technically get rid of two of my obsessions (Twitter and TV). The truth is, I simply cannot. Checking my Twitter account has become almost second nature. I just wish there was a way to hide spoilers from appearing on my Twitter timeline or my Facebook newsfeed. I don’t think I’m asking for a lot, considering my other request would be to add another two hours to the day (which would allot me two Breaking Bad episodes).
So for the TV-aholic and the social media addict, I do feel as if my annoyance and concern is viable. I can’t be the only one with these concerns, right?