However (see, told ya), studying something even tangentially related to what I do for a living, brings the added benefit of potentially increasing my value. Especially if I enjoy it. Who knows, there may be a brilliant concept hidden in there. If not, I will still learn something valuable. One learns from studying success and how to do something but one can learn just as much from studying failures and how not to do something.
Wisdom! Let us attend!
I've come to realize that anything you learn just adds to your Life Bag o' Tricks. All those Fun Facts to Know and Tell get dumped into that big cement mixer betwixt our ears, recombining with other stuff and WALLA! the next great Apple computer is invented, or the next great mouse trap is born. Plus, continually learning new things, anything as long as it's new to you, is the single most effective way to keep from getting Alzheimer's. And it's just plain fun.
On a more practical side, learning about new technology, even if it's poorly conceived and executed, can only have a direct benefit for us. We're in the technology trade, mah bruvahs, and the more technology you learn, the more you gain insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly that's out there in the appliance world. For Professional Appliantologists, that can only translate into higher earning potential.