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Posted by JouselDelka (966 posts) 1 year, 5 months ago

Poll: How big are the chances that you'll end up like this? (Be honest) (291 votes)

Big, at least it's looking to be this way 8%
Maybe, maybe not, no strong indication either way 18%
I won't for sure! 66%
Results 8%

I don't mean to bring everyone down but this made me think about my life and maybe it will do the same for some of you, and it's always good to reflect on yourself.

I was scrolling down Facebook and I saw this:

At first I saw a funny picture posted by a funny "I'm a programmer" page that always posts bizarre and extreme computer-related stuff. But then I looked closely and I saw myself.

Sure I have friends and know and speak to girls, my family loves me and I know I'm blessed and healthy, etc.. But at the end of the day I always get back to my room alone, I sit between my rig and monitors and guitar and speaker system and cables and cords all around, I put on my headphones, and I stare like this old man.

I'm not as messy as he is, and he isn't necessarily alone or miserable, but what freaked me out after I looked around my room is that I saw myself in the future through this picture.

This feels like shit, but being sociable has a lot more to it than I can handle, and the chances are that I'll be this man one day, collecting electronics and playing the latest games.

What about you?

#1 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

Nah , I ain't going to become a drone

#2 Posted by afabs515 (1326 posts) -

As a Computer Science major, I know that a bunch of us end up like this. I have personally made it my goal to never be like that. I rarely ever speak to other CS majors and force myself to branch out socially. I go to the University of Maryland, which is a big school, so there's plenty of opportunities for me. This obviously isn't the case for everyone, but IMO, it's definitely worth it to get out there and never be like that guy.

#3 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5293 posts) -

Popularity leads to intimacy.

It is known.

#4 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

The chances are almost nonexistent.
If something super extreme would happen that changed my life for the worse I guess I could end up like that, but so far everything is smooth sailing.

#5 Edited by Garfield518 (401 posts) -

No, I'm not worried that I'll become an old man surrounded by old phones, TV remotes and model planes.

Also, this looks more like hoarding than any computer related thing.

#6 Posted by CaLe (4052 posts) -

Well I have no interest in starting a family, I value my time way too much for such a thing. I don't think I'll ever be as messy as this guy at least.

#7 Edited by thatdutchguy (1283 posts) -

What are you talking about ? that dude is living the life !

Only thing missing is a six pack of beer and a Bong.

#8 Posted by believer258 (12186 posts) -

That just looks like one big mess. No, I'm not going to live in a mess.

#9 Edited by Winsord (1301 posts) -

I feel like this picture says a lot more to you than it does to me. How big are the chances I'll end up being a hoarder? 0%. I'm being honest! Also would have appreciated a poll option for, "Whoa, chill out duder".

#10 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

And what, pray tell, is wrong with that? As your post heavily implies that there is something wrong with this.

#11 Posted by Scampbell (499 posts) -

I said "maybe" because I'm not psychic, though it doesn't seem likely.

#12 Posted by TwoLines (2841 posts) -

Yeah, I'm gonna end up like that dude. Except I'll be connected to everything in that room. It'll be awesome.

#13 Posted by EvilNiGHTS (1093 posts) -

To be honest, I could ditch computers and I'd probably still die alone anyway.

#14 Posted by Quarters (1861 posts) -

Nah. I barely have time to play games or mess around on the computer much, purely because of work/social stuff/doing theatre or what have you. Games are purely a simple hobby for when I have downtime now. Plus, I've been trying to diminish my already light hoarding tendencies.

#15 Edited by Xymox (2115 posts) -

@twolines said:

Yeah, I'm gonna end up like that dude. Except I'll be connected to everything in that room. It'll be awesome.

Yeah, it can really only go two ways to be honest.

Either all the cables are plugged straight into my brain, or the future figured out how to not have cables and I have telekenetic control over all electronic things in that room.

I will also settle for a single matrix-like recliner in which I can just lean back to enter cyberspace and/or virtual reality video games/dreams.

#16 Edited by ProfessorEss (7518 posts) -

Most of the best programmers I've known and worked with are pretty tidy. When an office looks like that I can't help but wonder if his code is equally as messy and inefficient. Best part is that it looks like 90% of that equipment could be replaced with a single smartphone :P

Considering you kids these days have devices that do almost everything and fit in your pocket you have no excuse if you end up like this cat.

#17 Posted by BaneFireLord (2957 posts) -

Sure, I'll probably end up old, alone and bitter, but I can't see it occuring in a setting like that. More like a bare two room shithole NYC apartment, with nothing but a bottle of Jack Daniels to keep me warm at night.

#18 Posted by thatdutchguy (1283 posts) -

Rather be like this guy when i'm old :

#19 Posted by GaspoweR (3489 posts) -

I actually thought that this thread was about "WHAT IF YOU'LL END BECOMING A HOARDER OF ELECTRONICS" just by looking at the pic so I was a bit confused and decided to see the results instead.

#20 Edited by mikey87144 (1806 posts) -

A cure for too much clutter in your life is a girlfriend. No woman will let you get to that point unless you have a big house and that room is your mancave sort of speak.

#21 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

Well, there's no way I'll be that messy, but that's basically who I am now.

#22 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

You speak to girls? Shit get this guy a motorcade.

#23 Posted by Random45 (1280 posts) -

I think I'd have a heart attack if my room was anywhere near that messy.

#24 Posted by JasonR86 (9726 posts) -

If that were porn and meth then yes. But computers? Fuck that.

#25 Posted by thatdutchguy (1283 posts) -

Just do what you like to do in this life before you die, if someone tells you otherwise , tell them to fuck off.

#26 Edited by Levio (1786 posts) -

I could live like that. Messiness means nothing to me as long as it isn't gross.

But I doubt I would ever have that much stuff that I want to keep around. I give away/recycle junk that I don't use.

EDIT: Also, by the time you're his age, cleaning robots will probably have been invented.

#27 Edited by LikeaSsur (1592 posts) -

This guy has the financial means to do what he wants and enough confidence in himself to live however he wants.

Why is this a bad thing?

#28 Posted by CoinMatze (475 posts) -

Popularity leads to intimacy.

It is known.

Yeah and good grades lead to popularity, right? RIGHT?

#29 Posted by SmilingPig (1341 posts) -

This guy has way too many clothes on for me to end up like him.

#30 Posted by MideonNViscera (2252 posts) -

I doubt it. I like videogames way more than what's healthy, but I couldn't give a fuck about computers, and I know how to talk to women haha

#31 Posted by IrrelevantJohn (1092 posts) -

I hate hoarding so I doubt it would happen to me.

#32 Posted by CornBREDX (5990 posts) -

Not really. I mean, I have a lot of games, but these days I don't buy physical copies unless its a game I really want so my physical collection is pretty small in comparison to my digital library which is becoming substantial (I still don't know how i feel about that).

I do have a hard time getting rid of games, even if I don't play them, though. That's why I still have a ton of PS2 games. I mean, I sold a bunch when I was still in the army a long time ago, but I still have a lot more and I actually wish I had not sold those. I do still sometimes feel like playing them again, although usually fairly briefly.

Anyway, I also have more room than that so I feel my stuff is much more organized.

I do worry, though, my movie collection may become like that. I have way to many movies but I like having them. I don't know why, it's not like I could ever watch them all again. That'd be impossible. I may have to pawn some of them, but a whole bunch of them don't have cases anymore (long story).

Ehh, I'd figure something out. I wouldn't horde, though. There is always a point for me when I start getting rid of stuff- I actually cant stand having too much stuff.

This does make me consider trimming my PS2 games that I will probably never play again.

Meh, nah.

#33 Posted by Carlos1408 (1543 posts) -

Popularity leads to intimacy.

It is known.

It does indeed!

#34 Edited by nintendork666 (203 posts) -

I do own a lot of old console games (over 600) but there's a difference between collecting and hoarding. The majority of my stuff is alphabetically sorted on shelves, or in drawers/storage bins. I could never surround myself in an electronic sty like that. Yuck.

That man needs to have a garage sale.

#35 Posted by GnomeonFire (778 posts) -

Laptop, Camera, Phone, Mouse.

Oh god it's happening.

#36 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7184 posts) -

Pfft, I sure hope not cause those sure are some crappy headphones.

#37 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3504 posts) -

Looks like a sweet life man, sign me up.

#38 Posted by Reisz (1527 posts) -

Literally never.

#39 Edited by Hunkulese (2875 posts) -

It doesn't really seem relevant. That guy looks to be surrounded by work stuff. You are surrounded by game stuff. You're reading way too far into it making assumptions on his social life. Maybe he just has a messy work environment.

#40 Posted by JasonR86 (9726 posts) -


How about figuratively?

#41 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1649 posts) -

Popularity leads to intimacy.

It is known.

And intimacy leads to hepatitis.

#43 Posted by Subjugation (4740 posts) -

That just looks like someone who has let go. There isn't any reason to live or work in that kind of environment. And no, I don't ever see myself being in a situation even remotely like this.

#44 Posted by Reisz (1527 posts) -

@jasonr86 said:


How about figuratively?

Figuratively? Only on Sundays.

#45 Posted by Flappy (2352 posts) -

I doubt it. I like videogames way more than what's healthy, but I couldn't give a fuck about computers, and I know how to talk to women haha

Sounds about right.

#46 Posted by erhard (439 posts) -

Unless I undergo some major change in personality, none. I keep my things organized and live somewhat minimalistically.

#47 Posted by CaptainObvious (3000 posts) -

There are worse fates than this one.

#48 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3085 posts) -

I hate clutter, so fuck that.

#49 Posted by excido (198 posts) -

My office is very organized and doesn't look like that. I'm also 28 and married with a four year old and plans to have one more kid in the next couple of years. I have friends and family, a great full time job. I'm happy with my life and I love gaming and tech and still get all the new gadgets and consoles with a super beefy PC rig. it's hard to keep everything balanced but at the end of the day gaming and tech always take second place to family and friends. Just wish I didn't have to work so much but at least I do most of my work from home.

#50 Posted by Tarsier (1078 posts) -

theres nothing wrong with being unsocial, theres nothing wrong with loving video games, theres nothing wrong with immersing into books or music or films or games. all of it is part of what makes life special. some people enjoy one thing more than another. if you are not a person who gets joy out of hanging out with a bunch of people, if you find you dont relate to this , then try the other things. dont trick yourself that youre doing it wrong .