No one called anyone "stupid" as far as I know, and no one is stupid to be flightsimming like that. I sometimes sit through the entire flight when I am doing something like DTW to ORD (50 min more or less). But I usually read a book while I am doing it. But when I usually do a flight, long haul or short haul, I set everything, leave, check on it every now and then, and when time comes to descend, I'll get back. Sometimes I'll do a ORD to Paris flight, for my VA (Pacificwestairways.com-its great), and Itll be like 7 hours. Ill takeoff in the morning, do whatever I do in a normal day, usually I'll study or something, and then I'll know when to come back. I just NEVER speed up the simrate because I think it defeats the purpose of realism. But I really wish I had that much time.
I, and probably a lot of highschool ppl out here, spend majority of my day studying and studying. It's just a fact that to become anything these days, it takes a lot of hard work and studying. And I agree with Jason that "hundreds of hours on a flightsim" wont achieve anything. Now you don't have to be in the military to become an airline pilot, I know a lot of people who are pilots who never joined the military, but if you wanna be a real pilot, you have to get a four year college education, preferably somewhere GOOD, and to get somewhere good, you gotta work.
So I don't want anyone to get me wrong, I dont sit there all day staring at a computer screen..it would kill me. So do what you guys wanna do, just work hard, study hard, and keep those simrates normal!!
Los Angeles, CA. USA