The question of how social media affected my enjoyment of the 2012 Olympics is easy to answer: Not much at all.
I’m on Facebook because that’s how our family shares photos and generic news, and I use LinkedIn to stay in touch with people I’ve worked with over the years, but that’s it. I’m not on Twitter or any other sites. I use Outlook for my email, so I was even able to avoid the spoiler headlines on my provider’s home page. Social media just isn’t where I find my news. (Can you say dinosaur?)
We do enjoy the Olympics, though. We aren’t crazy about all the events, but we have our favorites. We’ve been to two overseas Summer Olympics (Athens and Beijing), and one Winter Olympics (Nagano.) This time, we stayed home for a variety of reasons, and we watched our share of coverage.
Let’s face it, though, nothing beats the excitement of going to the games in person. You don’t get slo-mo or instant replays, but you get the moment.
You live it all in real time, without commercial interruption. You see the the full performances of athletes from every country. You don’t get distracting commentary. You see the scores and times posted right along with the athletes. You get to your feet to applaud the winners. You sing your national anthem when your athletes get the gold.
How could Twitter possibly improve on that?
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