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Social media may be changing the way Olympics are watched


It's no secret that the Summer Olympics are in full swing in London. But for some, keeping the results secret is proving to be a difficult task. It all may be a sign of the times.

When we log onto Twitter and Facebook, we are instantly connected. Maybe too connected.

"It's irritating," Lynn Walters from Wausau said.

Some say that's the case when it comes to the results of the London Olympics.

"There's almost no way you can avoid hearing about the world's most important event," UW-Madison Continued Studies lecturer Rick Brooks said.

At the Summer Olympics, there's a major time difference. Many of the events are taped as they happened and aired in prime time. Moments after an event, Twitter is a twitter as journalists and fans tweet the results, hours before they'll ever hit the airwaves.

"They don't want the news to happen without them knowing about it," Brooks said.

But is the culture around the Olympics changing? With so much information at our fingertips, is it affected the way we watch the games? So people may think so.

"If you already know Phelps is going to lose, why watch it? Takes all the enjoyment out of it," Walters said.

Some just watch for the love of the games.

"I don't think it really matters, delayed is fine," Rebekah Smith from Loyal said.

Newsline 9 tried to contact NBC Sports for comment on its decision to delay some events. Our calls and emails were not returned.


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