We live in a society where people are very picky about what is appropriate to be obsessed with and what is not. Everyone has something they are absorbed in, whether they admit it or not. However, in the eyes of society, there are certain things that are seen more appropriate to obsess over than others.
For example: sports and TV shows.
Sports play a very large role in peoples’ lives. Right now, the World Series is dominating televisions across the country. It has even become a marketing tool, giving businesses the opportunity to create discounts if a certain team wins.
It’s very acceptable in today’s society to be obsessed with a sports team. There are even sports bars dedicated to giving people a place to watch their obsession when their favorite team is playing.
People host tailgates and invite friends over to watch whatever sports event may be on. One of the more popular sports for people to watch football.
The Oct. 9 Green Bay Packers and New York Giants game had 20.5 million viewers tune in before the presidential debate started. After the debate, that number dropped to 17.2 million viewers. Now that is a lot of people, and don’t forget all the spectators who attended the game.
When the same is done for a television show, people don’t see it similarly. A lot of people don’t see the point in obsessing over a TV show, or understand the pain of missing a single episode. There isn’t a TV bar for people to gather to watch their favorite show. There aren’t tailgates thrown to celebrate a show being on.
Why is something that is enjoyed by so many treated differently?
Many TV shows hold conventions where fans can meet the actors of the show, snap photos and get autographs, but it’s still seen as weird to some people who are not a part of a fandom. And it’s safe to say several people view conventions as something a nerd or geek would attend, when in reality it’s not.
And why do people who would rather obsess over a TV show get a little more judgment than those who obsess over sports? Engrossing yourself in a sporting event is viewed as more of a normality than obsessing over anything else.
Obsessing over sports is okay, but that doesn’t mean it is the only thing that is okay to obsess over. Maybe people should learn to leave each other alone and let them enjoy what makes them happy.
Our Position: The staff believes that whether the obsession be sports or TV shows, it should be treated equally and people shouldn’t be viewed differently based on their entertainment choice.
The editorial board represents the opinion of The Franklin and its staff members. Opinion editor Christina Ramey moderates the board and its members, including Brittney Corum and Ashley Steeb.
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