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Has Internet Ruined Pleasure Of Olympics On TV?

Easy access to information in real time via Facebook, texting, and online services such as Wavii is changing how we enjoy events such as the Olympics.

If you've been checking the Olympics during work, you're not alone.

Adrian Aoun, a co-founder of Wavii, wanted news to be structured in the same way information is displayed on Facebook. For instance, Wavii's new Time Machine feature lets you watch the facts unfold in real time.

Aoun said the consumption patterns are no surprise, because most of the records are broken during work hours.

"We're seeing increased traffic during normal desk hours, after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch, and before the commute home," Aoun said.

"These are times when people have a lot going on. They want to stay up-to-date on the Olympics, but only have a few seconds. They can't watch TV or read the articles at work, but can monitor a live stream pretty easily," he added.

Unlike movies where people know not to spoil the ending, it's unavoidable finding out Olympic winners via Twitter, Facebook, or personal text messages.

Is this a sign of our consumption patterns--that we only have time to digest information in mere seconds? I hope not.

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