Have you ever had a hobby that you've had for a long time and felt ashamed about? Like, have you ever snuck away to go play late night bingo with the gals and didn't want the people you work with to know because they'd make fun of your lameness? Well I have something just like that. I used to play World of Warcraft (WOW) on a very regular basis with my wife. In case your head has been in the sand for the last 7 years, WOW is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that has 12 million or so players.
The big problem with WOW is that you play as either elfs, dwarfs, trolls, or alien-like creatures in a battle of the races that really never ends. The whole idea of the game is very nerdy and inspires people of all ages to sit on your computer all night to grind for new body armor and weapons. As far as time well spent, it isn't! I've spent a lot of time running a guild of players while organizing runs, banking items and I even paid for a server that allowed us to all voice chat with each other. WOW is a great game and I enjoyed the skill and strategy required to play it and the satisfaction of clearing an area. However I think all of that stuff falls short of the social parts as like talking with the other players and meeting new people. I always enjoyed meeting someone who lived on the other side of the planet, with the same interests as me.
I do find that I crave the gaming portion of WOW, but at the same time, I don't think I have the time or the spare cash to get into it. I guess WOW is on the back burner for me and perhaps some day I will pick it up again, or find something new to fill the gap.