Why Do You Do This?

I was working through the answers on the Intel-AMD question I asked last week, and another question popped into my head.

It’s so elemental, but I don’t think anybody at a computer hardware website has ever asked it.

Why do you do this? Why are you involved in this computing community?

Most of you have more than a casual interest in computers. Many of you devote a sizable chunk of your life, paid or unpaid, working with them, working on them, or talking about them.

What do you get out of this?

Before you answer this, think about it for a few minutes. I’m sure you can come up with some answers immediately, and they’ll be true enough, but it might be very informative not only for us but also for yourself to really ask yourself why, especially if you spend a lot of time at it.

I’m not looking for psychoanalysis. If you think playing Quake helps you resolve your Oedipal complex, keep it to yourself. 🙂

But I think you might find after a few minutes thought you might have a couple more reasons than you originally had.

A few other questions to make a few basic distinctions:

  • How old are you? (I’m not keeping records, and I don’t have a photographic memory. :))
  • On the average, how much total time a day do you spend working with, on, using, or talking about computers (work and nonwork)?
  • On the average, how much non-work time a day do you spend working with, on, using, or talking about computers?
  • What do you mainly do during that time?
  • What do you get out of it? What keeps you coming back? What do you most like about this?

    And finally, since Ed is Ed.

  • What do you most dislike about the whole experience?

    Email address is right below.


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