Imposter Programmers and Burnout

In the movie The Pirates of Silicon Valley programmers working at Apple were rewarded with T-shirts if they worked for hours on end without rest breaks. They were the “heroes”, the hardcore developers. It seems that in the intervening 30-plus years since that movie was set, not much has changed.

Burnout picture from Shutterstock

A Business Insider article discusses “imposter” programmers — software developers who don’t believe they’re good enough unless they work incredibly long hours and fill all their non-work time with more programming.

There are several studies mentioned in the article that seem to back up the notion that there’s a culture where working long hours is part of what makes a great programmer, despite the well documented and understood effects such as burn-out and the associated health issues. Does this happen in your workplace?

The Stress Of Being A Computer Programmer Is Literally Driving Many Of Them Crazy [Business Insider]

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