It is kind of sad that I get more amusement from the local TV news than actual information. While they are having their daily, being fat affects your heart (I call that ground breaking investigative reporting,) health segment they manage to make me feel bad. The screen shows people in front of computers in their cubicles and the voice over tell us how depressed people are more likely to die from heart disease.
This thought entered my head, are programmers more prone to being depressed? Do people think we are boring depressed people?
My job requires tons of concentration. More than just memorizing a new language where it matters if you are missing a single space, programmers have to solve problems on the fly and in their head. We tend to like either a quiet environment or we like to be able to control the noise. I personally can program to music blasting from headphones, but not to someone talking on the phone. Most programmers that I have met also like to have coding sessions where they just don’t communicate with others. Do other people at the office think we are introverted and depressed people?
I have been depressed in the past but it has never had to do with my type of job. I don’t think that having to work in front of a computer screen makes me more prone to depression, but maybe that is the general consensus. Do people think that Dilbert is depressed? I really would like to know, do other people see cubicle dwellers as sad, poster children for depression?