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Freauxzen
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re: Why do we watch sports?
It's controlled combat.


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re: Why do we watch sports?
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Why do we watch sports?


It's entertaining.


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SeeeeK
Missouri Fan
St.Louis
Member since Sep 2012
20702 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
We watch sports to, if for only 4 hours, escape the reality of the daily grind.

And it's needed more than ever right now. People are losing their fricking minds.


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LSUFreek
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Member since Jan 2007
11172 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
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It's controlled combat.


That's an explanation on why we might play sports. I was looking for why we sedentarily "watch" sports.

But I think I was given a logical "evolutionary" explanation on why we watch at the bottom of page one.
This post was edited on 8/1 at 9:43 am


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noonan
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Nassau Bay, TX
Member since Aug 2005
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re: Why do we watch sports?
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I will watch less of it.


It's really crazy how when everything got shut down I, along with well everyone, couldn't imagine going without sports to watch. Now with all the bull shite I have almost zero interest.

I watch golf, that's about it so far. I don't know what my level of interest in the NFL will be, but I haven't watched a single second of NFL network or ESPN. And normally, about this time, all I watch is NFL network.


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SammyTiger
LSU Fan
New Orleans, LA
Member since Feb 2009
40508 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
Humans enjoy entertainment of all kind.

It’s likely not evolutionary as many people
Don’t enjoy watching sports.


LSUFreek
LSU Fan
Greater New Orleans
Member since Jan 2007
11172 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
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It's likely not evolutionary as many people Don't enjoy watching sports.


While true for sports as we've come to know it, as I know plenty of peeps who say they hate "sports", but I think the basic evolutionary aspect can be deduced to "competition", in general.

I'm hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't have an interest in competition whether at work, school or play. My GF couldn't care less about LSU but she knows who won Cake Boss or The Voice.


SammyTiger
LSU Fan
New Orleans, LA
Member since Feb 2009
40508 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
You’re probably right

There is probably a combination of other basic evolutionary instincts that feed into it.


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Double Oh
Louisiana
Member since Sep 2008
10421 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
Im watching less and less of sports. Havent watched NBA or MLB since it restarted. Dont miss it one bit. Got other things to do.


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LooseCannon22282
South Alabama Fan
Mobile
Member since May 2008
26728 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
When I was a kid I watched sports center over and over and over again. I got burned out on that show long before it chose to go down a different path.

I still watch more football than most people I know but I can definitely tell I'm not as into it as I used to be and that doesn't necessarily mean I give a crap about what's going on with politics and whatnot I know how to separate the two I don't give two craps if somebody takes a knee or does a headstand during the national anthem but that's just my opinion I'll always stand for and put my hand over my heart cuz that's the way I roll.


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Member since Jan 2011
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re: Why do we watch sports?
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Might be the best "evolutionary "answer. Maybe it's a subconscious ranking of the competition, learning who sets the bar and how high or low it is.

By being innately compelled to watch others, we learn who is the strongest, fastest, smartest, prettiest, funniest, most-talented, etc and we subconsciously learn what is needed to compete for another's attention.


I can't say there's a best "evolutionary" answer to this question. While the theory of evolution certainly relies on biological superiority as foundation, I also believe our abilility as humans to solve problems and develop language distinguishes our evolution from other species. Watching sports provides us with an opportunity to improve our problem-solving skills, and maybe impacts our evolution in a more immediate way, as observation and identification in certain situations can help us change tactics in real-life situations.

Maybe I'm overthinking this or leaning too much on individualism but I believe it's more complex than we think.


WaltTeevens
Stanford Fan
Santa Barbara, CA
Member since Dec 2013
8876 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
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I guess it's the old living vicariously through others syndrome.
Having said that, I have easily dispensed with sports in favor of other activities. I love seafood but I won't eat spoiled seafood.


Then why the frick are you here still?


noonan
USA Fan
Nassau Bay, TX
Member since Aug 2005
33708 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
One reason I watch is because I have an appreciation for the sports that I've played/still play and I like seeing those sports at the highest level. Whether it's just appreciating how good the athletes are or to learn from watching them.

Sad part is I shake my head at my nephews and their friends that watch people playing video games online. Even though they are basically doing exactly what I'm doing.


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blzr
Atlanta Braves Fan
Bham
Member since Mar 2011
26871 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
Entertainment and gambling


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SoDakHawk
Iowa Fan
South Dakota
Member since Jun 2014
4184 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
The thrill of competition. Entertainment. Tribalism.

Tribalism will get you to watch sports you don't care about unless your tribe is playing. Think Team USA and the Olympics or World Cup. Or your college's women's basketball team.

The entertainment part will get you to watch your favorite sport no matter who is playing. I can watch a hockey game involving teams from anywhere at any age level simply because I like the sport and it entertains me.

The thrill of competition will get us to watch any sport as long as it's a good, compelling contest and the stakes are high enough. It's why we tune into any championship contest even if we're not big fans of the sport. We just want to see who wins.


NawlinsTiger9
New Orleans Saints Fan
Where the mongooses roam
Member since Jan 2009
25673 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
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The thrill of competition. Entertainment. Tribalism.



This.

Anybody who finds themselves disinterested lately probably just found a new type of tribe to align themselves with.

When I saw the thread, my first thought was “because it’s fun” but I guess it’s more complicated than that.


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LSUFreek
LSU Fan
Greater New Orleans
Member since Jan 2007
11172 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
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I believe it's more complex than we think.

Thanks for the learned replies. I'm sure there are complexities to any evolved societal behavior, and even exceptions to the rule, but you've made me think watching sports may simply be a subconscious tool for competing in life (whether its reproduction, power, etc) at its most basic evolutionary root.


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RileyTime
LSU Fan
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Member since Oct 2008
6323 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
Honestly, for the first time in my life I have zero desire to watch sports. MLB being on and NBA being on has had zero interest from me.


LSUFreek
LSU Fan
Greater New Orleans
Member since Jan 2007
11172 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
I've been feeling the same indifference lately and it made me ask myself why I have felt so compelled to watch sports for so many years.

But I didn't know the biological root cause. I think I have a hint of clarity now.


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4x4tiger
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Feb 2006
855 posts

re: Why do we watch sports?
Alabama fans to fulfill their life. The rest of us, entertainment


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