Personally I hate things being spoiled for me, so obviously I really hate spoilers in general. I usually do whatever I can to avoid them for things I really care about. But I also realize we live in a world where information travels so fast and in so many mediums, it’s unrealistic to think you can fully avoid them unless you just put your head in the sand and hide away completely from the world.
We have to recognize often times people aren’t purposely being rude or insensitive, it’s just by virtue of living our normal lives and having a normal day we either get spoilered or may spoil something for someone else. I think we should all do our best to be sensitive to our friends and responsible to the people we interact with online, but on the flip side there has to be some limit to it, because in some ways I feel like it’s gotten out of hand and has become kind of unnatural and unpleasant.
A few weeks ago I was at a restaurant and I made a joke about something that happened in an episode of Game of Thrones, and literally from across the room a girl comes over to my table and asks “can you please not talk about it, I haven’t seen the second half yet.” Now I was happy to oblige and I felt a little bad, but it also felt a bit inane that I couldn’t have a conversation with my friends about the show. Another example, recently in a forum post I made an offhand, what I felt was very vague joke about something that happened in one show in a thread about a different one. And shockingly I got a personal message chastising me about that. At first I was annoyed and was going to respond, but then I decided it just wasn’t worth it. But that really just made me feel like the whole “avoid spoiler” culture may have become too extreme.