You aren't going to get a straight answer. How someone spends and values their time is up to them.
One persons waste is another's investment.
"An upsidedown wire heart
Being sucked into a periscope
Still the mind is dull
Like you need another excuse"
… a theory is primarily a form of insight, i.e. a way of looking
at the world, and not a form of knowledge of how the world is….
.. all our different ways of thinking are to be considered as
different ways of looking at the one reality, each with some
domain in which it is clear and adequate…. - David Bohm
This goes in current events because I think we can all agree it's something current to all of us.
Do you think forums are a bad time investment? Some people here have over 10,000 posts and I'm wondering what they think especially.
It's why I'm pulling back.
I want to get some projects done and need to focus.
It's just hard for me during the day, because I tend to be bored at work, so I'm skimming forums for something to do.
"Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft
It depends on the forum. But a lot of them have communities that enable theorizing, idea generation and intelligent discussion. It's healthy and in my opinion not a waste of time as long as you have limits and make space for progression in the 'real world'. Just don't allow yourself to get stuck in a rut and use the internet as a supplement for your actual life, is what I say.