Speaking of morbid obesity, do you 9-to-6’ers ever worry about what it does to your health when you have to sit in a chair staring at a computer screen for 9 hours a day? It just seems so unnatural, especially on days like this when it’s sunny and beautiful outside. I can just feel the pancake-butt coming on, and I don’t like it.
Adding to my paranoia, I just read an article in the New York Post yesterday about how pro video gamers– who stare at a screen for 10 hours a day, a mere one hour longer than I do– have the fitness level of 60-year-old chain smokers. And of course there is this disturbing video of a kid whose mom cancelled his World of Warcraft account:
This kid represents the extreme, but I think there are many teenagers who aren’t too far off from the point where they would simulate sodomy on themselves with a remote control after being cut off from a computer game. I worry that our society is becoming soft, not just physically, but psychologically. We are so used to having our entertainment in a box and our air-conditioned cars and rooms that we are losing sight of what’s really good about life.
You know that rush you feel when you go to the beach and spend the entire day in the sun, wearing yourself out in the salt water and getting your bathing suit full of sand and baking your skin, and then coming back into the condo/hotel room/house completely dirty and parched and starving? It’s the best feeling ever, and most of us only get to experience it like once a year on vacation. Sometimes I wonder what the hell I’m doing working in an office when I could be a deckhand on a sailboat in St. Lucia, not caring about my career goals or gym membership or Comcast bill. Why do we do this to ourselves? What are the benefits of commuting to an office every day, coming home to watch TV or run on a treadmill and then doing it again?
Seriously, can anyone answer that? I need a pep talk.