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Something else. It's sort of a craving. Why am I drawn to the refrigerator late at night? "For fun" doesn't seem to cover it. "Just for the sake of doing something" sounds pathetic--as if I were bored, as if there were nothing good on TV, so what else am I going to do?

"To scratch my own itch" would be perfect, except that this poll implies that the itch is some external problem. For me, the itch is a craving for the flow state of working on a hard problem whose solution matters.

This should've been top comment. Nails it for me. I couldn't find the words so thank you for finding them for me.

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