From teaching us karate to providing a lifetime's worth of sexy pics, the Internet does a lot of good things.
On the flip side, it also does bad things. Chief among which: spoilers. Big, effin' TV and movie spoilers. Log on to Facebook after a big episode of a big TV series, and you're bound to find out who died, who did what, and what happened to who, prematurely.
This sucks because you've been watching all season long only to ruin the potential emotional payoff you get for tuning in all the way to the finale.
Unfortunately, on the Internet, not everyone is a gentleman who will erect "SPOILERS AHEAD" pickets to warn you. So you'll simply have to protect yourself. How? Well that's what this list is for!
1) Follow that rule of not doing unto others what you don't want done unto you
We get it. You're pissed because you found out that Character X is going to get his head chopped off in the next episode thanks to an overeager friend who hinted at it. You're going to want revenge. So you watch the next episodes intently, looking for details to "accidentally" spill on Facebook just to get back at your friend.
This doesn't work. Not only do you ruin the watching experience for yourself, you're also bound to trigger a hatestorm from all your other friends who got hit in the crossfire. Things only get worse this way, so remember to follow the golden rule: if you don't want friends spoiling shit for you, don't spoil shit for them.
No one likes spoiled shit.
If this scene is still a spoiler for you, well, you probably shouldn't be reading this anyway
2) Download and use Facebook and Twitter's content filtering apps
Facebook and Twitter are two of the most notorious social networks for spoilers. Considering it's impossible to stay away completely, what you can do is to make use of their content filtering feature.
For Twitter, you can download the "Open Tweet" filter extension for Google Chrome. This app allows you to exclude posts with certain keywords. Input "game of thrones" or "captain america" and your feed will be free of content that relate to those.
For Facebook, you'll also have to download a Google Chrome extension called "Facebook Posts Filter." The program works in pretty much the same way as its Twitter version.
3) For the time being, block people notorious for their inability to keep their mouth shut
While those filters will significantly limit the amount of potential social feed spoilers you'll get, the fact remains that there are some clever people who will be able to slip through the cracks. These are the guys that talk about a show cryptically enough that the filter program won't detect them, but still clear enough that you know exactly what they're talking about.
There's only one way to go with these kinds of spoil-y souls. Block them until a show's season is finished and you've watched all episodes.