By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on August 26, 2014
Online fantasy sports is a multi-billion dollar industry, with pro football leading the way. A television sitcom was spawned from such a mass interest in the hobby. Analysts and journalists can now earn a living covering topics surrounding different fantasy sports on a seasonal basis. It has become a cultural phenomenon in North America. As with many habits, though, the question can be posed -- is there too much of a good thing?
Maybe you are in denial. Maybe your wife says it's not healthy. Maybe Sundays aren't enjoyable for you anymore because your fantasy team stinks and it's more important to you now than the real life on-field success of your favorite NFL squad. Or perhaps it's another reason altogether. But somehow in some way the internet, your keyboard and your curiosity brought you to this page.
Did your colleague screw you over in a trade within your office pool? Has a friend made a personal comment about you in a message board on your league homepage? Can you feel your wife or girlfriend glaring at the back of your skull whenever you're logged into your laptop checking stats? If in some way fantasy football has altered a personal relationship in your life, you may have a problem.
If you see charges on your credit card for things like "2014 NFL draft kit" or"fantasy football cheat sheet," chances are not only are you a sucker, but you need to take a step back and re-evaluate the priorities in your life. There's nothing wrong with buying into a league where the winner gets the loot at season's end, but if you've been playing fantasy football for a while now and are still paying "experts" for their advice, give it a rest.
Deleting your browser's history, constantly minimizing windows, keeping your head on a swivel for a supervisor, taking hourly bathroom breaks to check your smartphone -- these are all signs of guilt that suggest you probably should not be logged into your fantasy football account as often as you are at the work place.
Do you have many teams on a different number of sites with multiple user names and passwords? If you do, you are probably retrieving some of those passwords on a regular basis from the email account you have associated with a given profile. Maybe you had to create an email address solely for the reason of signing up for more teams. Maybe you have forgotten that email and now your team has been deserted. Amnesia should not be a symptom of FF.
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