I'm starting to hate working with computers

Ayush Sharma on October 13, 2018

Hi, dev.to, I've been working in "technology" for almost 8 years now, and I'm starting to get frustrated. I know this is a community for new peo... [Read Full]
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I basically agree with everything your saying. I think I deal with it by seeking autonomy, working on things I think are personally for the greater good, but also not beating myself up when I have that moment of feeling like I'm just part of the machine.

I have fully cut ties with Facebook. I still have an account because I've been too lazy to make the arrangements not to, but it's one screen I don't ever bother looking at. It's a win.

As a software developer and also a startup founder I run in some crowds that are sickeningly capitalistic at the expense of humans or any acknowledgement of negative repercussions or realization that winning the capital markets isn't inherently good.

If I have deep, personal questions, I find I trust the advice of strangers online more than I trust the people in my life. That's not just because I think strangers won't judge you as much, its because its just easier because that's where I live anyway.

This is an interesting passage in that I find there are positive and negative qualities to this reality.

Anyway, in a way I thank you for this post because I agree with you but I'm also sort of optimistic by nature and I feed my optimism by choosing to put my time in the right places.

 

"I have fully cut ties with Facebook. I still have an account because I've been too lazy to make the arrangements not to"

Here ya go, friend:

To permanently delete your account:

Click at the top right of any Facebook page.
Click Settings.
Click Your Facebook Information in the left column.
Click Delete Your Account and Information, then click Delete My Account.
Enter your password, click Continue and then click Delete Account.
 

It's more that my family still expects to be able to tell me to go look at something on Facebook. 🙃

I still use FB Messenger to talk to them sometimes as well.

It's just that part that's keeping me on, plus if I delete my account I feel like old friends will think I've disappeared off the face of the planet.

 

Good rant. I love a good rant. ;-)

I wouldn't call our industry a fraud per se, but I lament at how software engineering is still so inchoate compared to things like (say) architecture, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or electrical engineering. Some day I expect a revolution in software development technology that will put software engineering on better footing.

What you did point out shows the gap between the people doing the hiring, versus the need of businesses and enterprises for knowledge workers. If you just remember that the HR term I.C. can stand for individual contributor, or just as well as interchangeable cog.

Tip of the day:
Don't anthropomorphize computers. They hate it when you do that.

 

You're exactly right and I don't know how it is going to get any better.

Job-hunting is a joke these days - everyone pretends they want deep skills and people who think and they don't care about the tech details, yet it's all buzzwords during hiring and even if you get past that, they just want people who will do what they're told and not challenge whatever dumb idea the "CTO" has just come up with.

Even within the industry there's no advancement and the work is frequently unethical or at the least, meaningless and isolating. I have also grown to hate screens, and I used to love playing with computers.

I don't know the solution, or even if there is one, but you should know that you're not alone. Most people I know think the same.

 

It sounds like you need a hobby or personal interest that makes you happy, giving you a break from work. The same struggles happen to a lot of people over all kinds of industries, simply from burnout. Find what makes you happy and invest time into it, even if that means working 8, not 10, hours a day. Take care of yourself.

 

I know the feeling, some days I just want to be a Neo-Luddite and walk away from all this technology.

On the other tentacle, "Do what you love, love what you do", figure out what parts of technology make you happy and focus on those, or look for a new job in a different industry, or make some other change to get out of your rut.

Personally I loved working for a startup, couldn't wait to get up in the morning and go to work!

 

There are quite few different points to your post, but one I definitely agree is about recruiters.

Could easily tell a story or two myself, however, to all that is bad with recruiters, good news is, you can absolutely use their service for your benefit.

In UK recruiter fees are anywhere between 10-30% of successful hire's annual wage.

If you keep searching for companies you'd like or could work for, and keep an eye out for matching positions, you could actually save company a lot of money by contacting them direct.

So not all is lost, hope you'll get your mojo back soon.

 

I went through similar at around the 7 year mark. A few years later I figured out it was the sector of the industry and the tech stack I was working with. They both made me unhappy. Sector was Local Gov Services, tech was SharePoint. Wasnt until i gor intoba really good job that i realised it.

 

I'm also starting to care about the environment

Not a bad thing!

 

Seems like you're doing alright. Your concluding paragraph seems hopeful so focus on what you outlined in that paragraph.

 
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