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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

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 junk
02/02/14 1:29 pm

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

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

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

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

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