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Do you like surprises? Do you get upset when someone tells you what happens in a movie you haven't seen yet? If you DVR TV shows or sports events, do you avoid social media so you won't accidentally come across a spoiler?

Well, the folks at TiVo made a survey and, in a nutshell, it found more than 78 percent of viewers have had a show, movie, or sports event spoiled.

And the problem is getting bigger.

And the survey says (don't I sound like Richard Dawson on 'Family Feud'?) that 64 percent had a major TV show plot spoiled. (Think "Who shot J.R.?")

For "Downton Abbey" fans, know that 56 percent of the spoilers in the TiVo survey were the death of a major character.

And for every rule, there is an exception: the survey results show one-fourth of those surveyed admit that they have actually and intentionally read spoilers for a program they plan to watch.

As I read about this, I thought of the TV commercial running right now about a guy talking to his credit card company and that his FICO score is now on his bill. The company spokesman talks about how this helps customers avoid surprises. The guy responds that he hates surprises, then opens the door to his apartment where his friends yell "Surprise."

I don't get that...I love surprises. But I digress.

See, I think it would be a lot harder to avoid having spoilers catch you if you lived on the West Coast. See, the time difference would mean that a show that aired at 8 p.m. on the East Coast could explode on Facebook or Twitter in minutes, ruining it for West Coast viewers.

(I have a friend who doesn't use Facebook or Twitter but he does spend a lot of time on the Internet. He can easily avoid spoilers if he wanted. That's why I won't say here whether or not I still have my Sony Trinitron TV. But I digress again.)

TiVo thought of that.

According to the survey, "of those who live in Eastern, Central, and Mountain Time Zones, 13 percent avoid talking about shows they really care about until more people have had a chance to watch it, while 36 percent don't worry about it.

Of those who live in the Pacific, Alaska, and Hawaii Time Zones, a full 30 percent avoid the Internet as soon as a show they really care about airs in other Time Zones; 27 percent don't worry about it.46 percent would eliminate the possibility of being spoiled if they could."

And do you have "friends" who deliberately spoil TV shows for you or others? Then they aren't really friends, are they?

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