There are studies such as this where people report that spoilers increase enjoyment for narrative works.

According to research by UC San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld, spoilers don’t ruin a story: They make you enjoy it even more.

My common sense tells me if the majority of people really held a consensus that spoilers improved people's enjoyment then we'd all just read plot summaries for every movie, tv show, comic etc. before experiencing them.

What is the scientific consensus, if any, on this matter?

Papers referenced in the article:

Story Spoilers Don’t Spoil Stories (2011)

The fluency of spoilers: Why giving away endings improves stories (2013)

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    I can tell you that without spoilers many aircraft landings would be far more unpleasant. – Daniel R Hicks Jan 28 at 3:17
  • IMO, too many story tellers introduce so much excessive complexity into their tails -- plot twists, secrets, lack of chronology, etc -- that any kind of spoiler helps my understanding and enjoyment of the story. – Martin F Feb 2 at 0:38
  • i feel spoilers stop you from having the desired path or attachment designed by the developer or writer.if you know some character is going to die you will spend more time on trying to see that coming and not enjoying the story as much. but sometimes spoilers if used right definitely increases user experience – Allan Banis Feb 3 at 11:45
  • I feel like this would at least partially get skewed by the style of the particular work people are considering. Some stories employ types of foreshadowing where knowing what happens isn't always detrimental. Consider that people will often watch complicated movies or read complicated stories several times to try to make more sense of them. – JMac Feb 4 at 15:38

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