View Full Version : What Do You Get Out of Being a Fan?

09-01-2011, 09:30 PM
The '11 US Open is the first occasion in quite some time where I've watched matches outside of semifinal or finals matches. Most matches are either not competitive, or just too long to watch in their entirety so far.

I enjoy watching world class athletes, but I'm starting to wonder: what do I get out of this?

If you are interested in gambling, of course, you're going to want to understand the minutiae not only of player's games but of everything else that could affect a match outcome, and hence your wallet.

But then we get into a murkier, more subjective psychological world of "fan-dom" or fan-aticism." This includes people who are loyal to a particular champion level player and argues ad infinitum on the internet in defense of them.

What do people get out of this vicarious association? It's a waste of time, as they don't make money, and they get fatter from sitting in front of the computer. They are also often thought of as ridiculous, even moronic, by most others. Their favorite player knows nothing about them, except as an abstract statistic of who buys their merchandise.

What does the fan-atic get out of this one-sided relationship with a sports hero? They seem to get nothing tangible out of it, and it could even be argued that this type of loyalty is a pathetic form of cult worship. What is going on here?

09-01-2011, 09:44 PM
It's just a hobby. I do actually get some inspiration from watching pros on TV, though. I play much better tennis myself after watching world-class strokes.

But yeah, it's just like any hobby. I don't watch sitcoms or keep up with any dramatic TV shows or anything. I just watch sports and keep up with them, instead. It's fun. The most valuable things in life are actually intangible. It's all about what's going on in your head and whether you feel good.

09-01-2011, 10:05 PM
Chat with Nadal weirdos

09-01-2011, 11:22 PM
Cooling people down

09-01-2011, 11:32 PM
Cooling people down

You might cool people down if you're a literal fan, but a "fanatic" heats people up!

Clay lover
09-01-2011, 11:58 PM
I would love to think it's out of the love of a player, so if he wins ur happy and if he loses ur sad, but some of the posters here suggest otherwise with their actions.

Seems to be something more deep within their Id....

09-02-2011, 12:03 AM
You might cool people down if you're a literal fan, but a "fanatic" heats people up!

Nicely put

09-02-2011, 02:03 AM
I get circles around my eyes from staying up late to catch matches in other time zones.