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Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? - The New York Times |
Aidan Harper, who created a European workweek-shrinkage campaign called 4 Day Week, argues that this is dehumanizing and toxic. “It creates the assumption that the only value we have as human beings is our productivity capability — our ability to work, rather than our humanity,” he told me.

Still, he’s realistic about his place in the rat race. “I try to keep in mind that if I dropped dead tomorrow, all of my acrylic workplace awards would be in the trash the next day,” he wrote, “and my job would be posted in the paper before my obituary.”
employment  hustle  burnout  capitalism  america  culture 
january 2019 by kme
The Reality of Developer Burnout — Kenneth Reitz
It happens to everyone that writes code all day long — the sudden feeling of "I'd rather do anything else than this right now" — even though writing software is one of your favorite activities in the world.

You suddenly realize that you've been eating ice cream for three meals every day for years on end. You're tired of it; you don't want to see ice cream any more. People who eat ice cream occasionally won't understand this; how could you possibly want less ice cream?!

— Gary Bernhardt

I have some personal experience with software development burnout, and some tips for recognizing it, avoiding it, and simply dealing with it.

410 GONE is the infamous move that Mark Pilgrim, Python Developer and human, made for unknown reasons to distance himself from the developer community, and I assume, retain his own sense of identity while feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of being a "leader" in open source. He, suddenly, deleted all of his public code from the internet entirely, leaving all of his users to re-host unofficial remnants of his useful legacy.
programming  softwaredevelopment  devel  stress  career  burnout  410gone  balance 
january 2017 by kme

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