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Are we wasting our time?
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Too much of anything can be very detrimental to oneself (or the view of others)

There is such thing as spending too much time on what some may consider to be the right thing.
(Ex: too much time working can cause problems with family)

I would say there are three important things in life
1) Be Happy! (and **** what other people think!)
2) Expand your horizons (Experience life); fictional/non-fictional stories provide a great way to experience: emotions, ideas, etc.
3) Work Hard! ... oddly enough, happiness and satisfaction can derived from work on anything (anything - job, hobby, possibly even gaming)
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Balzack wrote:

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 :P


No, I think I understand what you mean. It's just a mental line not an amount of time line put in but that also means on your off time you're not obsessed with your hobby and you can think realistically about other more important things.
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Posted 4/26/15

"Life is wasted on the living." - Douglas Adams
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i am only wasting my time when i am awake
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to be honest, i live more in fantasy than reality. i crossed that line long ago. the charicters i write about and the anime i watch are more real to me than my own family. i feel more pain watching anime than i do in real life. i know i crossed that line somewhere in my head in to the dark un healthy side of our hobby long ago.

but here is the thing: im so damn depressed, all the docs ive been to cant do shit about it, except maybe a willing cheimcal restraint. so for me, this unhealthy obsession is a way to cope with a life that i dont really find worth living, and i mean that in the more literal of the way.

so having been on the other side of anime obsession, just remember some times its an escape from real life problems that we/they cant really deal with.
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Ooh, i just remembered something hilarious!


"I must kill time before it kills me!"
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Everything is okay in moderation.

"Wasting" time is entirely up to the individual. I can probably say that the Westboro Baptist church is wasting their time picketing funerals, but to them, they're fighting for their own cause.
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It's escapism.
After a long hard day, sometimes it's just easier to just assume another self, slump down in the couch and binge-watch something you've seen at least three times while composing the latest chapter to your anime-themed fanfic. Whatever you do on your own time is up to you as long as you don't hurt yourself or others with your hobby.
Posted 4/26/15

Beastlyblu wrote:

I can probably say that the Westboro Baptist church is wasting their time picketing funerals, but to them, they're fighting for their own cause.



They should run out of time in my opinion
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AiYumega wrote:


Beastlyblu wrote:

I can probably say that the Westboro Baptist church is wasting their time picketing funerals, but to them, they're fighting for their own cause.



They should run out of time in my opinion


See, as long as they aren't physically harming anyone or causing massive disruptions, they're allowed to do what they're doing. It's stupid, I agree and they should stop doing it.

But they're allowed to. This is the country that they live in, and we, maybe unfortunately, have to respect that.
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Honestly, no.

I have so much stress in my life that watching anime is as good as any other medium to relieve stress. I usually watch anime with my significant other as of late, and as such, it doubles as a bonding experience of sorts. Yes, there are more productive things I could do if I had the willpower, but I can only do so much when I burn myself out. Anime is plentiful, usually the series are relatively short and self-contained, and it's animated as opposed to live action (which is a personal preference). In other words, it's an amusing complement to an otherwise hectic schedule.
Posted 4/26/15
idk that SAO bit at the end ruined this post for me.
Posted 4/26/15

-tenshi wrote:

idk that SAO bit at the end ruined this post for me.


Too bad I guess.
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I don't mind having a fun life, but I don't believe in life being finite. If you believe in life after death, then you can probably guess that the things on Earth won't be with you forever. Make time with it before moving on.
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What is the meaning of life? To waste time. Might as well enjoy it. Sure, invest in your future but if you can't enjoy life in the present, there's something wrong with it.
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