Spoilers are not Spoilers, Study Says
SPOILER ALERT! Spoilers are not as bad as they are thought to be.
A new study has revealed that spoilers do not, after all, spoil a movie or a book. According to the study authored by Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt of the University of California, spoilers did not diminish the interest of readers of a book based on an experiment they conducted. Instead, the study revealed that the readers in the experiment actually preferred the book that included a spoiler paragraph.
“I was quite surprised by the results,” said Christenfeld, who added that the result of the study helps explain why in many cases a book or a movie can be read or seen many times without diminishing the enjoyment that the reader or moviegoer derives from the activity. The researchers said that the study suggests that suspense is not the controlling factor when it comes to determining the entertainment value of a book or a movie.
The new study will be published in the journal Psychological Science.