However, social media/the Internet isn't all that bad -- it's provided us with opportunities to see skaters early in their careers and look back on how much they've grown (both in the sport/physically) over the years.
I started following skating in 1991, when I was still in elementary school. I remember watching Midori Ito jump off the boards at the World Championships. I also remember buying those paperback biographies during the height of Nancy vs. Tonya. I followed it pretty intensely through the 1998 Olympics then took a break in high school and college as I was busy with various school/career things, though I still watched the Olympics during that time. I made a comeback in 2009 when I watch Yuna win her first World Championship on HDTV
I think the biggest change for me from following it in elementary/middle school and now as an adult is how much more I appreciate Ice Dance. I think perhaps I might have been influenced slightly by all the "Eastern block conspiracy theories" stated by commentators during Ice Dance TV segments. But I didn't really care for the over the top style that seem to be prevalent in Ice Dance in the 1990s either (though I loved watching Klimova and Ponomarenko in 1992!) I think the requirements of COP really highlight the technical difficulty/prowess of Ice Dances today. I also like that there are a greater amount of variety in Ice Dance. The fact that the top two teams have very different styles is very encouraging to me.