Deadlines and Voluntary Stress
Deliberately choosing a dysfunctional or archaic (pre-singularity) employment-lifestyle.

Incredible as it might seem to, say, a baseline human transplanted from the early information age, this is a popular (albeit temporary) life-style choice among SI:<1 nearbaselines in a number of regions and polities

The situation is this: You're bored. Anything you need to get done is basically automatic - tell your friendly local AI node, and it's done. Delicious, nutritious food is available upon request. When your perfect body can't find another perfect body for sex, there are always utility fog constructs and virches. You have lots of time on your hands.

So, what do you do? Some become creative, and spend their time that way. Some become destructive. Others, the ones this was aimed at originally, look for the sense of accomplishment to be found in stressful situations.

That is, they're not in it for the stress, they're looking for the after-effects of having survived the stressful situation, and the lack of boredom.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
John B
Initially published on 09 October 2001.