Inversely, consumptive hobbies are encouraged to excess, despite being far fewer. Hobbies where the whole point is Getting Things, and Having Things. Wether that be shopping for clothes, or spending hours and hours consuming contents you can gain an encyclopedic knowledge of a movie or series, or collecting all ten thousand of those god damn funkopop figurines.

Things like that, where at the end of the day all you really have is a lot less money, and a lot more stuff that you didn't make.

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I imagine him shouting it all into a cup so he sounds like Darth Vader.

@Dayglochainsaw so much this! We keep having people in our hackerspace who say “Why are you building this yourself? You can just buy it. It's also cheaper if you count in your time. How much are you paid per hour? It's never worth it.” Like, isn't building things yourself the point of a hackerspace?!


I've really internalised this attitude to a frustrating degree regarding electronics and software projects. It's a real barrier to learning to feel like I have to constantly be doing something innovative rather than just doing something fun or that already exists

@Dayglochainsaw There's also this aspect of being enticed, as a creator, to buy more and more "supplies". People stockpile art supplies, scrapbooking supplies, tools and wood, to where they need entire rooms for their hobbies.

Sometimes the supplies do end up being used. But often what happens is that you get "ratio-d" by what you've bought for your hobby vs. what you've made, which is demoralizing, so you buy more supplies to stave off shame.

Potential can't be bought.

@erosdiscordia @Dayglochainsaw This makes me feel better about going into art shops and almost never buying anything 😆 I love the *idea* of owning all of those supplies, but I know I rarely get around to using them.

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