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RE: RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl

by nuance (Hermit)
on Aug 03, 2000 at 19:48 UTC ( #26001=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl
in thread Learning Perl

That's frightening. Studies have shown that working more than 48 hours per week on a regular basis will give you serious long term health problems :-(


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RE: RE: RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl
by merlyn (Sage) on Aug 03, 2000 at 19:54 UTC
(Ozymandias) RE: RE: RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl
by Ozymandias (Hermit) on Aug 03, 2000 at 19:50 UTC
    What, you mean like antisocial behavior, whitening of skin, avoidance of sunlight, failure to separate work from home, etc., etc.? <G>

    - email Ozymandias
      And the messed-up backs from being banned to the couch by an irate girlfriend because you are never home? lol

      Roy Alan

RE: RE: RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl
by maverick (Curate) on Aug 03, 2000 at 20:00 UTC
    Or caffeine addiction?


RE: RE: RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl
by Macphisto (Hermit) on Aug 04, 2000 at 01:06 UTC
    I'm not trying to be argumenative but I'm going to have to say that study is a little off base. And one must remember that Science doesn't prove it only disproves. It might have disproved the fact that working 48+ hrs a week is good for you. But it can't prove that it's actually harmful, that study doesn't show what else these people did. Whether the person who worked 48+ hrs a week went home, downed a fifth of scotch, picked up a guitar and played in the clubs all night, or if that guy went home, had dinner and went to bed. The basic premise is that science can only disprove theories. It can't prove them because there are just too many variables and environmental conditions. You can tell if it was a serious scientific study if it is worded like a News Paper ( not the enquirer! ). Newspapers say, "Man allegedly killed his wife." They never say, "MAN KILLED WIFE!" Even if the man is found guilty by a court of law 100 times over, "Man found guilty of allegedly killing his wife." Again, I wasn't trying to be argumentative, I just wanted to say that. Too often, "scientific studies" ( and I use the term lightly ) are not as well thought out as they should me.

    I'd like it stated that this is my opinion, if you don't agree, please reply and tell me your veiws, but I'm not interested in starting a fight/flame war/pizza party/whatever.

    Nobody expects the The Spanish Inquisition
      I'm not interested in a flame war either (yea! something we agree on :-)). I'm aware that science can't actually prove anything, but that's usually not a good reason for rejecting the results of scientific studies. Yes take them with a pinch of salt, but I'm inclined to believe this one.

      The group of people who consistently work long hours are also the group of people who are prone to ill health. There may well be other factors involved - feel free to take the chance if you want to :-)


        I don't disbelieve scientific studies, just that for me to actually believe a scientific study I have to see the write ups and decide for myself. A lot of scientific studies are done by magazines, people who don't really take pride in their art and they look for the provocative truth.

        I do however, work a 50+ hr week, and I'm only 20 years old. I work as a programmer and system admin on my breaks from University! I do it because I generally enjoy the work ( except when some asshole ex Navy Admiral gets on my case because his computer can't do everything he wants ) and yea, I end up pretty tired most days ( in at 7:30 and out at 5:30 ) but it's a job, and I do take pride in it.
        Heck, I'd love to work for more pay, and only work 40- hours a week, and I probably will be able to once I graduate. I'm in D.C. the market is wide open here.

        Nobody expects the The Spanish Inquisition
RE: RE: RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl
by ivory (Pilgrim) on Aug 04, 2000 at 01:14 UTC
    Craziness....both my parents worked 60+ hrs/wk and they are fine. In fact, my mother is a medal-winning triathlete and my father bikes every day. It's completely possible to be a well-adjusted and healthy workaholic... :)


      I've had smokers tell me that thier grand parents smoked 100 a day and lived to be in their nineties. That's a really crap reason for ignoring medical advice and continuing to smoke.

      So it doesn't appear to have done your parents any harm (I'm willing to accept that it didn't). Just as some people are more prone to heart disease, some are more prone to develop lung cancer etc. some people are prone to develop ill health through excessive working hours.

      Are you one of those people? I don't know. Am I one of those people? again I don't know, but I'm not willing to gamble my long term health on it. I reserve my reckless stupidity for other things (I'm over weight which doctors tell me is really bad for me and I drink strong black coffee which is also bad - you pays your money and you makes your choices)

      Update: I've read this again and It's almost reads like I'm calling you recklessly stupid. I'm not, please don't take it that way. I'm trying to say that almost everyone makes "stupid" short sighted decisions with their health. Everyone's choices will be different.


      Great! I commend your parents!!! *heartfelt applause*

      But I think you gave your answer right there....

      Your parents take care of themselves physically. That is why they can handle the stress of working so much.
      *looking at my pale skin* I know I could take a few pointers from them.

      Roy Alan

RE: RE: RE: Buzzcutbuddha: (Follow Your Dream)-RE: Learning Perl
by larsen (Parson) on Aug 04, 2000 at 11:24 UTC
    Theorem: Senior programmers have long term health problems.

    Just kidding.


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