Gen Y has a need to know, even if they get the Blues

IT was possibly the most frustrating half hour of my life. Out of sight of anything that vaguely resembled a television, Facebook suddenly told me my navy blue team was winning.

Ever polite in company, I surreptitiously opened the AFL app. To tune into the live broadcast would have been rude.

Instead, I hit refresh every 30 seconds. Carlton up by 14. Refresh. Carlton up by 13. Refresh. Carlton up by seven. Refresh. Refresh. REFRESH.

In desperation I turned to Twitter. The online hideout, it seems, of smug Essendon supporters. And they were out in force, commenting on every painful blunder the Blues made.

But it was better than not knowing.

I have never understood coy suggestions in weekend news broadcasts that "if you don't want to know the score, look away now".

Are folks out there really running some fandangle modern-day VHS over games? To watch once they're done, dusted, and the Twittersphere has moved on?

This Gen Y says #unlikely, to say the least - if it's already happened, I'm not interested.

Are folks out there really running some fandangle modern-day VHS over games? To watch once they're done, dusted, and the Twittersphere has moved on?

When I do miss crucial viewing - the back and forth of Q&A for instance - a quick scan of the Twitter feed will give me what I need to know.

Sure, I used to feel a slight twinge of having missed the real experience - but then I set up an automatic post for 9.45pm Monday nights ("We're doomed #qanda") and now I feel like I'm back in the fold.

Fast-forward (or rewind) to Tuesday night, and imagine my confused in-the-now brain when I tried to jump on the round ball bandwagon.

ABC's 7pm bulletin included a score update of the Socceroos-Jordan game.

Suspecting that soccer history might be in the making, I switched to SBS and found the telecast 10 minutes away from a start.

The actual game took another half hour to magically appear - by which stage, the real-life game was almost up to a second goal. I knew, because I was watching the Twitter feed.

Rewind again to Friday, and in the end I refreshed enough. It was five points. Carlton lost.

And finding out later wouldn't have helped.



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