Summary of “Is Fandom Really Worth It?”

Following a loss, fans are more likely than usual to eat unhealthy food, be unproductive at work, and-in the case of the Super Bowl-die from heart disease.
What about fans of the winning team? Well, their testosterone levels tend to increase, which may account for why triumphant fans are more likely than other fans to suffer a postgame traffic fatality if the score was close.
Rival fans’ treatment of one another is hardly more reassuring.
A recent neuroimaging study found that fans experienced greater pleasure when watching a rival team fail, as opposed to non-rivals.
The same subjects were significantly more willing to heckle, threaten, or hit rival fans.
Fans in another study reported feeling schadenfreude when reading about the injury of a rival team’s player, and gluckschmerz when later reading about the player’s unexpectedly speedy recovery.
A landmark 1976 study described fans’ tendency to embrace a winning team as “Basking in reflected glory,” or birg.
Sports fans are inclined to respond to reminders of mortality with optimism, and to remember victories much more clearly than defeats.

The orginal article.