Is it stupid to watch a lot of professional sports?
I dedicate a lot of time (and money!) to watching pro sports like baseball, hockey, football, etc. But the more I think about it, I feel like I’m wasting my time and that I could be spending my life doing other, more productive things. For example, I guess you could argue that, at its essence, baseball is nothing more than a bunch of grown men in matching shirts throwing a small ball around to each other. To me, that makes it sound like a huge waste of time, but it’s still somehow entertaining. What does everyone else think? Honest, unfiltered responses only, please.
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I don’t mind watching them, I just don’t get into it (usually). And when people start talking about people’s stats and know SO much about them, I just can’t help to think to myself, ‘why do you care so much to go so deep into knowing each individual stat’. To me, that’s just caring too much about someone else rather than what’s going on with you. Then again, I love cars and know a lot about different models, so I may be a hypocrite. But, as I’ve said before, that’s why I have an open mind. Everyone has their open hobbies. To each his own!
@Manimal After I watch a sporting event, I often discuss the outcome with my friends. Yes, it’s entertaining and stimulating. Kind of like the entertainment and stimulation you get when you read a thread on this site (spectating) and then you discuss what is said. What purpose or benefits do you receive by spectating on this site and then discussing what you have spectated?
I agree that stories are a very great way for us to adapt our minds to new knowledge, but how much of your average fiction book is story and how much is just trivial bits about some time and place that doesn’t matter? All in all just seems like not the best kind of reading; but it depends on the skill of the story teller. Herman Hesse is a master, his stories are really full of story. Anyway though, the physical act of reading trains your attention to be linear by habit and that’s something that I really don’t need. So if I’m going to read I want it to be thought provoking as hell, not like I’m watching a slow motion movie.