lets try this one.
what ratio do you think you spend playing in your hobby shop compared to the time you spend on this and other machining forums ?
i know for me its at least 10 parts forum to 1 part making chips.
for me, its because of the need for socialization more than down time.
names become familar, and sometimes you can put your own faces on whom you are becoming familar with. . .
both are a great form of entertainment. . . .and relaxation.