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Are we wasting our time?
Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/26/15
As fans of something like anime, or gaming, or so called "nerdy" hobbies, a large fraction of us seem to forgo some things in life. To be blunt, I see it a lot. Where a hobby such as this can be become a lot more.

2-D culture is fun, to an extent, until it's detrimental. It may sound preacher-y but unless you are steadfastly against humans, you need to know that your relationship with a "cartoon" character isn't real. It's troubling when people who are in their upper ages, (won't name ages to keep it polite), are not interested in real human girls or guys, and only want to care for anime or game characters. These characters aren't real, and never will be, so doesn't make it waste of time?

I don't judge, because that's not my MO, but people like the shut ins who never leave their house and watch anime/play games not for days but months or years on end are just giving their time to death frankly. It's sad, we all die sooner or later, and while these hobbies can bring happiness, there's a certain type of happiness that only doing real life things can bring.

Online culture has made it easy to create a new self. A lot of people would be surprised to see the real person behind the username, and see how different they really are. I am not AiYumega when I'm offline. I'm not. I'm a normal and average 21 year old, who is just like millions and billions of others. It's a waste of time to create a world online, and let the real one around you fall away.

I love anime, I love these things to death, but there's a point where I feel it's necessary to detach and let yourself live outside that for a bit. I've made threads about "Casuals", where people like myself who are devout fans of anime but don't live by the steadfast code the "elite" live by are frowned upon, but reality is.....whatever you want it to be.

So, you may disagree with what I feel here, but I want to make an odd analogy here....

Have fun clearing the 100 floors of Aincrad, but don't get trapped in the game.




TL:DR - Life is finite, don't let it pass.
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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/26/15
I agree. While I love some anime and video games, I get tired of staying in my house too long. I hate clubs and super loud places, so I usually get together with some friends and go hiking or something. I love nature btw. lol
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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/28/15
if you enjoy what you're doing then you're not wasting your time, period
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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/27/15
Nobody's real when you're dead. I won't remember all this time I wasted building a deep and emotional bond with my waifu.
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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/27/15
I agree. Though many people would consider some offline hobbies a waste of time too. I suppose, in essence, it's all about moderation.
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Posted 4/26/15
I think that sometimes it can be like if you never leave your house or interact with others outside the internet. But I guess whatever makes you happy can never really be considered a waste of time unless this thing is really causing problems for you and your life
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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/27/15
everything in life is a waste of time.

Just waste time doing things you enjoy

Its not like you doing stuff outside is anymore productive than doing stuff inside.

I would rather waste my time watching anime, than waste my time being around people I would rather not be around.
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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/27/15
Come to the CrunchyRoll Hikikomori Society.

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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/28/15
Of course we are wasting our time, isn't that the point? The way I see it is that all anime, manga, games, books etc. Are only there for our entertainment and because we want to put our mind into something that is not related to the real world. The real world is full of conflicts, illness, responsibilities and what not. Games and animes among other thing allows us to not think about that even for a little while. They allow us to be in our own little bubble, our own world unaffected by the outside. If a person is hurt, heartbroken, shedding tears over losing someone dear, there are many reasons a person may want to escape reality but a simple book can at least temporary make them forget that reality and once again make that person smile.

While yes, too much of it can be harmful. But that can be said about anything. Reading books, watching anime, working too much, too much training. Everything can be harmful if there is too much of it. A shut-in NEET most likely has shut him/herself in because they want to escape. But why do they want to escape from? it can be abuse, it can be family, friends, the society as a whole. Most of them at least has a reason they have shut themself in, whatever that reason is is something we can only imagine. As I have not walked a mile in their shoes feeling the same pain as they have, I will never judge them. If I know they are in pain, and need help, then of course I will help. but if that is the way they have chosen to live, if they fall in love with a 2D character or refuse to go out, who am I to butt in and force them to change?

But I don't see how not being interested in 3D people is bad. I too am like that, I have never fallen in love, not in a 2D person or a 3D person, and I see no reason to change either, and not something I think I can change just because I want to. Maybe I just haven't found "The One" like in Disney movies, but what can I do? not much. I am simply not interested in a "real human boy or girl" and I just want to know, what is so bad about that?


edit: Maybe I wrote something wrong or irrelevant, sorry. Kinda tired.

edit 2: found quite a few grammar mistakes, and i'm way too lazy too fix them all. :p
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Posted 4/26/15
Wasting time is interpreted differently by everyone. While I would agree spending all your time being a "shut-in" isn't healthy under any circumstances and has many cons, I certainly wouldn't say it's a "waste of time." To me, if you're truly enjoying your life then you're not wasting time. Everyone spends it differently. As long as someone is happy, that's all that matters really.

Myself personally, I just do whatever I'm in the mood to do. I see life as a waste in and of itself and a meaningless cycle but I won't go off on a tangent.
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Posted 4/26/15
Duh it's a waste of time
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xeneria wrote:
The way I see it is that all anime, manga, games, books etc. Are only there for our entertainment and because we want to put our mind into something that is not related to the real world. The real world is full of conflicts, illness, responsibilities and what not. Games and animes among other thing allows us to not think about that even for a little while. They allow us to be in our own little bubble, our own world unaffected by outside. If a person is hurt, heartbroken, shedding tears over losing someone dear, there are many reasons a person may want to escape reality but a simple book can at least temporary make them forget that reality and once again make that person smile again.


This^. This is spot on. Entertainment is most definitely a waste of time when it takes up a large portion of your life; as in it gets to the point that you are shirking your daily responsibilities. I.E. work, school, loved ones, children, physical health, etc. But entertainment is there to be used when we need to forget our responsibilities and lives for a few hours. Then it's not a waste of time but healthy! That goes for all forms of entertainment; except gladiator arenas.

Hope this helps. Remember: all things in moderation, including work and play. :D-Mikael

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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/26/15
No matter what you do there's always "that guy" who takes things a step too far. It doesn't even necessarily have to do with nerdy things like MMO players and Otaku's. It can be fans of basketball, or old cars. There's just always going to be people where you're like "shit, he's way too into this, remind me to not get that obsessed."

I played WoW for 6 years or so. My /played time was in a multitude of months when I added up all my characters (which is an immense amount of time). Yet for my entire run I felt like I was a total casual because I just couldn't bring myself to get into the raiding scene. It was like this invisible threshold that I was completely unwilling to cross because doing so would mean I would have to start prioritizing the game over real life if I wanted to get things done. It didn't matter that I was putting in that kind of time already anyways, where it wouldn't have even been a problem. Just knowing that I would be stuck there for a certain amount of hours at a time was just a mental line in the sand for me.

I'm kind of similar with anime. I spend an huge amount of my free time watching various series, but I just can't bring myself to get obsessed with the fan culture. So at a glance a "hardcore anime fan" would likely consider me a total casual, even though I may have watched two or even three times the amount of anime that he/she had.

I don't know, when it comes to the hardcores It's almost like it's just all in how far you're mentally allowing yourself to delve into something. But not necessarily how much real world time you actually spend engaged with it. At least that's how it is with me. But maybe I'm just a weirdo for being a consummate casual at everything I do
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Posted 4/26/15 , edited 4/27/15
"Wasting time" is one of the stupidest phrases in existence. You just have to weigh whatever you are using your time to do vs whatever else you could be using that same time to do. If you are personally getting what you want from your time then you are not wasting it.

I think the OP may be trying to address situations where people are dissatisfied with their lives and don't know how to address their issues so they choose to distract themselves from the problem at hand. I doubt that is the case with most people who watch anime or post on forums though.
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Posted 4/26/15
Those who are Pessimistic might see it as wasting your time, but I see it as spending your time doing what you feel like.I would rather not force my self to do something I don't want to do. You can spend your time with your waifu, or an actual person, because its up to you. Then their is the lucky part where your real person is, in a sense, a waifu.
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