Is It OK To Post TV Spoilers On Facebook?

Surprise! George is dead! TR Knight on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Surprise! George is dead! TR Knight on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Oxygen Media released a new survey on women’s social media trends called “The United States of Facebook” in which alarmingly boring statistics are revealed. 34% of women 18-34 say checking Facebook is the first thing they do when waking up in the morning. 37% of women 18-34 have fallen asleep with their PDA in their hands.  In the year 2010, we’ll refer to this poll as The United States of Duh – with one exception: 78% of women 18-34 say it’s okay to talk about the outcome of TV shows in your Facebook status.

Wait. 78% think it’s cool to cyber spoil? Is this not the online equivalent of a friend calling you midway to the movie theater to say: “Kevin Spacey is Keyser Soze!?” (Yes, this is an intentionally dated reference.) And who wants a friend like that?  Granted, nowhere in Oxygen’s press release is time frame mentioned.  For instance: is it not OK to discuss the latest booted ‘DWTS’ contestant ‘DWTS’ five minutes after the show airs, but it is OK to talk about it an hour later?

What do you think? Is it alright to spoil the end of shows on Facebook?  What’s an appropriate time buffer? One hour? Twenty four hours? Sound off below!

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