Public Displays of Obsession (PDO)
Serious fans of a show want you to know it, and they take their fandom to the public domain. Showing off your love in public is a sign that you have a bona fide obsession, and TV fans aren’t shy about it. When you’re standing in line at Starbucks and suddenly hear the unmistakable sound of The X-Files theme song behind you, odds are I’m waiting for my latte and my phone just rang. I don’t just like the show, I’m a bona-fide addict, and I’m not afraid to show it.

Having a show’s theme as your ringtone is just one of the ways fans can make their love public, and it’s one of the more recent options. TV fans have been taking cues from music lovers for decades in wearing their favorite show on their shirt, while bumper stickers let everyone on the road know that the truth is out there. Well, at least if you’re behind an "X-Phile" like me.

Public displays of obsession take the love for a show out of the living room and out there where the whole world can see. It’s how TV fans wear their hearts on their sleeves - literally.

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