The topic of mechanical keyboards as an endless money-pit hobby is something that I’ve given a lot of thought to over the years.
At the heart of the keyboard community is about acquiring new keyboards. This topic has been spoken about previously, here are two examples that I’ve found insightful:
The part of discussion I want to add, is the overall feeling I get when I purchase a new keycap set, new set of switches or even a new keyboard.
I want a profound new experience, but instead the experience is a little less than satisfying. I did some research and it turns out that economists have long ago described this phenomenon as the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility (further reading here, here and here).
Described in keyboard community terms: for each additional keyboard purchase, the less additional pleasure (or enjoyment) I can expect from that new purchase.
Meaning, in practical terms, the more keyboards I buy, the less each additional purchase will make me happier, to the point where the opposite happens, that is, additional keyboard purchases actually makes me unhappier (and poorer and more cluttered).
Can anyone else relate to this?