Chia farming has definitely affected me psychologically. I got into this as an experiment, and a bet based on Bram’s reputation. I invested enough to be meaningful but not break the bank. But mentally I am much more invested than I should be. I’m wondering if others feel the same?
I have spent far too much time optimizing systems for plotting. Honestly this became obsessive. And when my systems became efficient and stable they gave me pleasure. Not just “i hope to make money” pleasure. But if I am honest, watching the machines creates plots gave me satisfaction and pride.
I’ve also spent more time than is reasonable researching alternative hardware, scouting for drives. Even as the payoffs in Chia have fallen dramatically. At this point it seems obvious that to meaningfully match my salary income I would have to outlay a huge amount of capital in drives that I am never going to do. So this is really a hobby, a flutter. But still, I am putting many more hours into it than a normal hobby and it occupies my mind more than is rational given the mediocre returns.
So - does anyone else feel this way? And if you have been sucked in to a Chia addiction (fascination?) why do you think that is ?