Why Is It Better To Watch A Sporting Event Live Rather Than Recorded?

Live sporting events have a certain thrill that comes from not knowing what is going to happen. Each year, the Super Bowl has a huge TV audience during the live broadcast, but outside of fans of the winning team, there is much less desire for recordings of past Super Bowls.

Why should that be? Where does that thrill come from? Why is it better to watch a sporting event live rather than recorded?

Related questions: What is time? Why are we fascinated with the unknown? Why do we like what we like? Why do people like games?

Is happiness the most important purpose in life?

Most people prefer being happy over being sad.  In fact, happiness makes us healthier.  It boosts our immune system, is good for the heart, and likely helps us live longer.  So why wouldn’t happiness be the most important purpose in life?

But are other emotions just as important?  Are other goals in life just as essential?

Have at it, dear readers: Is happiness the most important purpose in life?

Related questions:  What is true happiness?  Why is achieving it so difficult?  Is there a limit to how happy you can be?  Why do we put up with unhappiness?