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OhTheIrony February 2nd, 2014 8:21pm

My friend believes that a lack of interest in watching sports is a great way to miss out on meaningful relationships and shared experiences. Do you think you are missing out on an essential part of American culture if you don't follow sports?

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Statek Im from the Internet
02/02/14 10:07 pm

I was in a Skype call with friends playing some computer games getting some good Internet culture

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inthehole
02/02/14 9:45 pm

Birds of a feather flock together.

trav Instagram, travisdover
02/02/14 8:58 pm

I don't follow sports, but I still went to a Super Bowl party.

I didn't know who was in the game before I went, but I still enjoyed the good food and company.

I don't care how many Super Bowls Peyton Manning has been to, and I'm not missing out.

Wackacrat Harford County
02/02/14 8:40 pm

No, but it is a great way for friends to get together on a weekly basis and catch up as they get older and have families.

XercesBlue ...
02/02/14 8:32 pm

Lol. Thankfully not..

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Torfin Never Behind
02/02/14 4:15 pm

Yes, I have that issue since I do not follow sports.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/02/14 3:48 pm

No! I absolutely hate sports. I hate sporting events. I can't learn to like them, they're completely opposite of what I consider fun. (Stop screaming!) I can't "miss out" on something I don't like.

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moonshot More often I know nothing
02/02/14 3:28 pm

Everyone misses out on many things. We all make choices.

sadewt Rexburg, Idaho
02/02/14 2:17 pm

yes, I think I miss out sometimes, but I'm ok with that

MrLove lovers, dreamers and me
02/02/14 2:17 pm

No, that part of our culture annoys me. Imagine if we put thatch effort and money into something useful.

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Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/02/14 2:15 pm

Of course! Football is an essential part of American culture.

swervin Maryland
02/02/14 2:14 pm

Not even a little bit. I know most of the team names but I couldn't care less who wins or loses.

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violence Pretty hate machine
02/02/14 2:08 pm

No, but even if I were I'd only be missing out on exactly what I wanted.

beanD California
02/02/14 2:07 pm

You would be if every single American watched sports except you. But that's not true. Common interests extend beyond sports, sports are just more common.

JiveYoungKing The Banter Boy
02/02/14 1:52 pm

Not essential, but certainly a big one.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
02/02/14 1:51 pm

An essential part of American culture? No. A big part of American culture? Yes.

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Zingerz Wisconsin
02/02/14 1:50 pm

Its all a marketing induced mental addiction. Everyone would do better to have sports in balance with the rest of life. The lack thereof is where the relationship failings derive.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/02/14 1:50 pm

Not at all. Apparently most of the country agrees, because the highest watched sports event in the US is typically the Super Bowl, at roughly 1/3rd of us - meaning it's splitting off a minority rather than pulling together a majority.

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CTYankee!!! Connecticut
02/02/14 1:45 pm

Sports is a big part of most county's culture. I would even argue that much of the world is more nuts over soccer than we are over football.

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alynn Somewhere wonderful
02/02/14 1:42 pm

As much as I love football, I say no. It's not an "essential" part of the American experience.

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PartyJustin R.O.C.K. in the R.O.C.
02/02/14 1:34 pm

It's kind of messed up to declare that there's essentially something fundamentally wrong with a person if they don't enjoy the same entertainment as others. I think your friend has issues, man.

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bohemiandreamer wherever I am
02/02/14 1:42 pm

Agree.
I think your friend is missing out on not participating in my clay class...or my meditation group...or my book club. In all three of these activities we share ideas, thoughts, & problems.
Camaraderie is important, it's just different paths.

OhTheIrony Learning from you
02/02/14 1:44 pm

I don't think he meant it like that. He agrees that anyone can have meaningful relationships outside of sports. I think he just thinks sports are a great way of bonding with people and you're missing out on a lot when you don't follow them.

OhTheIrony Learning from you
02/02/14 1:45 pm

Yeah Bohemian, I agree.

bohemiandreamer wherever I am
02/02/14 1:51 pm

I have never participated in or followed sports. Maybe I am missing out on something. But I enjoy spending my time doing other things.

PartyJustin R.O.C.K. in the R.O.C.
02/02/14 2:11 pm

I think I get where he's coming from, but he's making a couple of major assumptions. One is that everyone wants, needs, or even enjoys that level of camaraderie. Two is that everyone would get that same feeling from a sporting event.

PartyJustin R.O.C.K. in the R.O.C.
02/02/14 2:13 pm

I'm sure he just wants people to experience the same positive feelings he does, but it's a very insular view to believe people's lives are lessened if they don't participate in a particular thing.

DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/02/14 1:26 pm

Not necessarily sports, I have friends over for us to watch professional League of Legends tournaments and that's the same form of bonding for a non-sport event.

OhTheIrony Learning from you
02/02/14 1:33 pm

E-sports, whoo!

HayleyS looking up.
02/02/14 1:25 pm

Maybe, but I don't care.

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Emily33 North Carolina
02/02/14 1:24 pm

I think having interests is a great way to build relationships, but that doesn't mean you have to have an interest in sports.

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JaidOC Macon, GA
02/02/14 1:23 pm

Sports are awesome and fun to watch (except for golf) so yes.

Wert A picture of my package
02/02/14 1:29 pm

Whenever I've watched golf, which is rare, I keep admiring the lawn care more than the sport.

dale41 Lets play two
02/02/14 1:30 pm

Golf is a great game to watch.

DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/02/14 1:34 pm

"Damn that's a fine Bermuda."-Wert

Wert A picture of my package
02/02/14 1:35 pm

I generally hate televised sports. But if I had to, I'd watch hockey or curling.

Wert A picture of my package
02/02/14 1:36 pm

Hah. Yup. That would be me. "Nice edging..."