Reply 220 of 331, by feipoa
maxtherabbit wrote on 2021-12-02, 03:16:
Because you consider yourself addicted, and can't really cite any reasons why this hobby is meaningful to you, you attack the things about it others find meaningful.
Attempts to hush others' opinions is largely unhelpful. If my posts make you feel uncomfortable, you may choose to look the other way. I'm calling it as I see it and I think a good deal of collectors here and elsewhere have unrealised issues with purchase/acquisition addiction w.r.t computer paraphernalia. It's a topic no one else wants to address and sometimes bringing direct attention to the issue is sufficient to awaken some. I do not think hoarding objects is a healthy practice, nor is it good for the sole. There is no need to hide away from this realisation. I too am trying to come to terms with it. There's a bit of a floating line between the casual hobby and addiction; ask yourself what side you're on. The hope here is to bring an opportunity for dialogue, not criticism.
It is fairly easy to cite a half dozen reasons why the hobby is "meaningful to me", and I'm sure they can be worded to sound universally agreeable, however I feel it would serve mostly as justification for time spent and acquisitions made. People are certainly good at explaining things away.