The Burnout Effect

TwilySparky

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I want to write a short essay on what I think the phenomenon that I title "The Burnout Effect". This is what I feel that some of us have gone through as of recently. It's where you get sick of something after you done it for so much and so long. For a few of us, this has happened with the forums to an extent. I will not name anyone out of respect for them but there have been a few prolific members here in this very community who have just gotten sick of the forums because of how obsessive they were. To an extent, I feel the same way but not how much some others have been feeling. I guess what this comes down to is that an addiction to anything, be that games, friends, a community, it can have a toll on your mental state. Granted, this is not a problem for everyone but with people who have an addictive personality such as myself it's an internal battle we face everyday. It's a battle between how much time should we allot to a certain hobby or obsession of ours. Just wanted to write this to explain to some people on how this works and how to deal with it. Just take breaks so you never overwork yourself to exhaustion and to the point where you just end up hating that very thing you love all so much.

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That's understandable to me, it's easy to get carried away with an interest. :) I've managed to avoid it with the forums so far. I just treat it as something fun. I reply a lot to statuses (as you've probably noticed :P), but I don't force myself to reply if I have nothing to say about the subject covered. Though I have to admit I used to feel a little bad about that at one point... :adorkable:

But I have experience myself of a forum becoming something of a routine. There are forums that I visit several times a day, though I never post on them anymore and find them completely boring... Usually that comes to an end after a specific time of no activity. Otherwise, I seem to avoid the burnout effect quite easily – except with music. :muffins:

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11 hours ago, Tacodidra said:

That's understandable to me, it's easy to get carried away with an interest. :) I've managed to avoid it with the forums so far. I just treat it as something fun. I reply a lot to statuses (as you've probably noticed :P), but I don't force myself to reply if I have nothing to say about the subject covered. Though I have to admit I used to feel a little bad about that at one point... :adorkable:

But I have experience myself of a forum becoming something of a routine. There are forums that I visit several times a day, though I never post on them anymore and find them completely boring... Usually that comes to an end after a specific time of no activity. Otherwise, I seem to avoid the burnout effect quite easily – except with music. :muffins:

I feel you're much better than most with managing their time on a hobby. Some people just are so addicted to something that they can't bare to like it anymore afterwards. ^^

I have also made this forum a part of my daily routine, either it be that I have nothing to really do in a day or that I'm at work at school, I still browse everyday. :fluttershy:

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I made this forum a part of my daily routine, and yet I'm not the most active here either. I only visit this forum, its the only one I visit. I've burned out of games I just can't play games as they get boring really easily. I like this community, though I don't like what the community is following. It's weird..

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Been feeling a slight burnout with the forums here for a little while now, ever since things died down in the WPCC Lounge and even a little before that I just haven't really had much energy to want to spend time on these forums, so I've been doing a lot of other stuff lately, especially these past few days. So now I'm only on the forums for a small part of my day where before it would have been hours and hours on end every single day. 

I'm never just gonna up and leave this community, I love you guys too much to do that, but I am cutting back on the time I spend on here regardless as I don't want a complete burnout on this site that would leave to me just up and leaving.  

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2 minutes ago, King of Canterlot said:

Been feeling a slight burnout with the forums here for a little while now, ever since things died down in the WPCC Lounge and even a little before that I just haven't really had much energy to want to spend time on these forums, so I've been doing a lot of other stuff lately, especially these past few days. So now I'm only on the forums for a small part of my day where before it would have been hours and hours on end every single day. 

I'm never just gonna up and leave this community, I love you guys too much to do that, but I am cutting back on the time I spend on here regardless as I don't want a complete burnout on this site that would leave to me just up and leaving.  

To be fair, I'm somewhat bummed about not having the WPCC be as active as it used to be. It's one of the biggest factors in why I decided to stay here on this forum after a multi-month hiatus. It's how I met most of you and it just pains me that it's just dead now for the most part. I hope one day it can be revitalized it's former glory.

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