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A compilation of misconceptions non-tech people have about devs (part 2 of 2) 😞

technoglot profile image Amelia Vieira Rosado ・Updated on ・4 min read

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Hey there fellow dev! πŸ‘‹πŸ» Welcome back! If you are new here, be sure to check out the first part of the series, otherwise skip right ahead to the 6th misconception.

But first; a recap...

In the first part of this series, we looked at some common misconceptions that those outside of tech have about developers. Here's a quick summary:

  • We are anti-social (maybe introverted but not anti-social)
  • We are all gamers (nope, not all of us)
  • We can solve ANY tech issue ((DEV)initely not)
  • We are all geeks and nerds (false, there's the "odd" ones that are not nerdy nor geeky)
  • We all have a poor sense of fashion and never ever dress up for anything (but what if our uniform really is hoodies and sweatpants? Nothing we can do about that fellas πŸ˜‚)

Without further ado, let us hop right into it! πŸ›Έ

Author's note: I shall refer to web devs, software engineers and the like as "devs" henceforth. Please bare with me! πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Misconception #6: All devs are geniuses 🧠

You're a genius
Actually, that's flattering. Lovely to see that some people have that view of us, hehe. πŸ˜… The truth is that some of us might be. I do not rule out that possibility. However, you don't need to have an IQ of 200 to be in tech. Most of us techies are just mere mortals after all. Again, sorry to disappoint. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Misconception #7: Devs are powered by coffee and nothing else β˜•

Coffee addiction
This one is a bit hilarious and frankly said, it is not all that wrong. However, there's devs that run on tea too. Others prefer energy drinks (-glares at her colleagues-). And then there's me; no preference. H2O is enough for me. 😜 (I like natural fruit juices too. Boring, I know.)

Misconception #8: All devs have a Mac πŸ’»

-sad Windows PC sounds- But seriously, though Macs are somewhat "predominant" (excuse the lack of statistics and data to back up this statement πŸ˜…), there is also a great deal of devs out there that have a Windows PC. And the special, super powered ones that have some Linux powered PCs of sorts.

Long story short: we have our preferences and at times some of us gotta work with what we have. C'est la tech vie (Coincidentally, Macs are hard to afford, so that's that. πŸ€‘)

Misconception #9: Devs code all the time πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’»

We like to breathe in between every line of code too, in case you were wondering. 😀 Now, for some devs this is kind of true though, they code waaay too much and waaay too often. (May I add: please get some darn sleep?! 😴). However, I know several devs that have other hobbies that have NOTHING to do with programming. Examples include: drawing, doing CrossFit, playing tennis, practicing archery, playing drums and more.

Yeeep, devs surely do more than just coding all the time. Rest assured, we are mere mortals just like you. πŸ˜‰

Misconception #10: Devs swim in pools full of money πŸ€‘

Sure, some do. Most don't (at least not in the early days). Besides, what is a fortune anyway? I'll tell you: a super-duper vague metric used to sometimes assume levels of accomplishment in life. Truth is, that our jobs are in high demand. So with high demand, come (usually) juicy salaries πŸ’°. Not a fortune perhaps, but you can live quite comfortably (add to that a side gig, and BOOM, financial freedom is in sight!). Bottom-line: Not everyone is a millionaire in this field (and we don't have to be. Or do we? πŸ€”)

Wrapping up

It's a wrap! Thanks for sticking around for this long. Hope you enjoyed this little series. If you did (or didn't), be sure to join the conversation in the comments. What are some assumptions non-tech people have made of you? Drop them below, I love to read your comments! 🀩

That's all folks! πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» See you soon!

Hasta la vista baby




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Juan F Gonzalez

Again, great series! I enjoyed reading both articles. All of these are true in some way.
Although it's funny because in my last years of college I spent the majority of my time around friends that were studying electronic, electrical, mechanical, and biomedical engineering. These stereotypes applied to them as well (sometimes even more than my dev peers 😜)

And just to do a quick summary of all the points you mentioned in both posts...
1) I was at first, introversion is not something that can be changed but managed.
2) I was, like hardcore, back in the day. I then found better uses for my time.
3) I've had to deal with this more than I can count. My aunt & uncle like for me to help fix their printer.
4) I was, most of my peers are more "nerd" and "otaku" than I've ever been. I now geek out on different more useful things.
5) I was guilty of this for so many years and when I had to take time out of college and tech, I got into this world and learnt from several "experts" how to do it properly.
6) Most of my extended family think that in some way, although based on IQ tests results I'm in the upper 20th percentile of the population. (so I kinda am?)
7) Fun fact (or maybe not that fun). If I drink coffee in the morning, I can spend the rest of the day bloated and not wanting to eat anything else. I'm more of a tea and big bottle of water type of person.
8) I really freaking hate this one. Macs are overpriced and overrated. For years I've been using a couple of Linux distros and sometimes dual booting. Until WSL came like a gift from the heavens and I can have Win 10 and Ubuntu 18 at the same time.
9) I rode this way for long enough that now is a win for me if I can spend the least amount of time possible writing code or doing something related. I find some great pleasure having hobbies completely unrelated to coding that people don't know what's my actual day job lololol πŸ˜‚
10) Not yet but living in a Latam country earning in dollars I can have the luxury of spending some months without any work and not worry about money. And if I get a job as a senior web engineer, I could save enough to take a sabbatical year (which unless you are a VC or something, few people can afford to do.)

I think this comment could be long enough for a post so I'll just stop writing here πŸ˜…

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

Again, great series! I enjoyed reading both articles.

Glad you enjoyed 'em! Thanks for reading as always! πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

introversion is not something that can be changed but managed.

Sometimes I get the impression that we are taught to treat introversion like a disease, like it is something bad. In my experience, I was labeled as the "shy" and quiet one in class (mostly through high school). By the way shy and introverted are two different things, yet most are so brain-dead they just use them interchangeably. Such a pity. In short, the only thing that "bothers" me about my introversion is the fact that because of it, I am more of a thinker than a doer. I'll find a way to balance the two somehow πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

My aunt & uncle like for me to help fix their printer.

I swear....it's always those printers! πŸ˜‚

I think this comment could be long enough for a post so I'll just stop writing here πŸ˜…

Hahaha, thanks for the thorough comment @juanfrank77 ! 😁

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Juan F Gonzalez

By the way shy and introverted are two different things, yet most are so brain-dead they just use them interchangeably.

Yes. yes πŸ’―
It took me some time to realize this because everyone assumed that being one was the same as being the other. I was also labeled as "shy and quiet" most of the time until a teacher in the last year of high school said to others "the quiet ones are the more dangerous ones because you don't know what they could be thinking."

I then realize that the way they perceive me doesn't have to be how I am. Like a mentor of mine said "their labels are fables"

Thanks again for writing this. It was very entertaining.

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

"the quiet ones are the more dangerous ones because you don't know what they could be thinking."

-evil introvert noises- 😈πŸ”ͺ All jokes aside, the world needs both introverts and extroverts. Or better yet: ambiverts, which are a bit of both.

I then realize that the way they perceive me doesn't have to be how I am. Like a mentor of mine said "their labels are fables"

Words of the wise πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Thanks again for writing this. It was very entertaining.

Glad you enjoyed this one! 😊 More stuff on its way!

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🐀πŸ₯‡ Jasper de Jager

I prefer windows with linux docker containers trough wsl2 😊

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

That has gotten increasingly popular indeed πŸ€” I'm on Windows too and I like to run VMs for added flexibility. I love to have a little separate sandbox to play in (since Windows can get messy at times). Might as well dive into WSL2 while I'm at it (friend of mine already suggested I do so, but hey I'm stubborn πŸ˜‚)

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🐀πŸ₯‡ Jasper de Jager

Kubernetes and Helm make it even better for me. Best way to be as close to production as possible (for me)😊

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🐀πŸ₯‡ Jasper de Jager

Definitely worth a try!

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

Guess I have no choice now, hehe 😁

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Jay Jeckel

This is the second time in as many weeks that I've heard there is a stereotype that devs use Macs. Where is this idea coming from? If there is a common stereotype on the net, then traditionally it is that programmers use linux and artists use macs.

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

I think this comes straight from mainstream media and at times from YouTube. People (especially if they do not know any better) sometimes assume something to be the standard after seeing it somewhere once or twice.

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🐀πŸ₯‡ Jasper de Jager

Macs do better on stock photos πŸ˜…

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

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Rahoul Baruah

6) blush true
7) Coffee smells amazing but doesn’t taste great. Tea is better
8) Yes. Although I actually do a lot of coding on an iPad connected to a Linux server
9) Nope. And anyway, 80% of coding is staring into space and thinking.
10) I wish. But then I freelance, I don’t have a salary, so I have to worry about holidays and sickness and pensions and all that other stuff

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

8) Yes. Although I actually do a lot of coding on an iPad connected to a Linux server

Oh wow, that's on a whole new level! You really are a genius πŸ˜‰

9) Nope. And anyway, 80% of coding is staring into space and thinking.

Hahaha, this one is super TRUE! I mean, mainstream media does a poor job at portraying this. Our jobs really are about thinking, thinking and more thinking 🧠

10) I wish. But then I freelance, I don’t have a salary, so I have to worry about holidays and sickness and pensions and all that other stuff

I can only imagine. Freelancing is a whole other ballgame πŸ‘€

Once again, thanks for leaving another delightful comment behind! 😁

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jotrobertson08

Yes, coffee smells better but doesn't taste great. I also love to drink tea instead of coffee. By the way, I urgently need homeworkmarket.com reviews to review my homework website. I was searching for it on google and accidentally click on your post link.

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DevLorenzo • Edited

Hey, actually I made three conversations just about the misconception number 7, 8, and 9.

I found that more dev than expected drink tea / try to reduce the amount of coffee. Even if some can drink 12 cups on certain days, or have an average of 3-5 cups a day, lot's have been able to significantly reduce, if not eliminate, it. Mostly replacing coffee with tea or, less common, soda.
But like you, I don't really love everything that's not (still) water. Sometimes I drink some natural juices, "spremuta" o "centrifuga " too.


"All devs have a mac." As expected, that's definitely false, lot's use Linux. What the majority thinks is that Windows < Mac < Linux. It's interesting to note how windows users fight against others to prove that they too are worth something too, and they're definitely right (I'm a Windows user too, Windows PC sounds!).

A nice comment:

Just buy a $3000 macbook and you will not have any excues when you write bad code.

And if you need data, check the StackOverflow surveys. The 2020 survey, section Developers' Primary Operating Systems, says that 45.8% use Windows (Yay!), 27.5% Mac and 26.6% Linux.


For the last one, I found something incredible, dev love programming, some are obsessed, others just do that as a hobby, or for work. Lot's of those who work full-time programming also code out of work for improvement, personal projects, or just for fun! For some it is a quantity not to be overlooked, up to six hours a day (+normal work)! And a fun fact, almost all have dreamed about programming or had nightmares about debugging. It's also true that many devs have completely different hobbies from programming, that's a good starting point for my next article (discussion)!
Even if I'm not sure that we are mere mortals, cause since we are programmers it also means having superpowers, right? πŸ™ƒ

Note also that:

More than 75% of developers work overtime at least occasionally -- one to two days per quarter. 25% work overtime 1-2 days per week or more. StackOverflow 2020 Survey


(DEV)initely not
πŸ™ƒ

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

hahahahaha, this one got me smiling! 😁 What a thorough comment @devlorenzo ! Many thanks for the wonderful additions and juicy statistics; they really help to bust these myths! πŸ˜‚

It's interesting to note how windows users fight against others to prove that they too are worth something too, and they're definitely right (I'm a Windows user too, Windows PC sounds!).

I never fancied these "battles", you know. To me, it matters not what you USE, but what you DO with it. I have a Windows PC but I happily play around with VMs. I like to throw Ubuntu in the VM and have some fun with it. PCs are just tools that facilitate our work. Honestly said, I believe the tech field is by far one of the most opinionated out there, it's madness! πŸ˜‚

For the last one, I found something incredible, dev love programming, some are obsessed, others just do that as a hobby, or for work.

For me its simple. If it feels like work, it ain't a hobby. I don't mind programming in my free time, but lately I favor other activities over programming. And I think that's alright too. I personally want to balance programming for a living with a hobby that has little to do with programming. After all, I find programming very taxing and exhausting, especially on the mental level (ah, and my poor eyes can't take all that screen time). Gotta unwind adequately. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Even if I'm not sure that we are mere mortals, cause since we are programmers it also means having superpowers, right? πŸ™ƒ

Let's settle it like this: Devs are mere mortals with extra spice 🌢 and a dash of superpowers πŸ¦Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ¦Έβ€β™‚οΈ

More than 75% of developers work overtime at least occasionally -- one to two days per quarter. 25% work overtime 1-2 days per week or more. StackOverflow 2020 Survey

My message to them: please get some darn sleep! 😴

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Naseki

And then there's me; no preference. H2O is enough for me.

HAHA that's me. There were multiple companies at my former workspace and I was known as "That one person who drinks a TON of water. Every day". 🀣

I had a giant thermos that I'd fill at the shared water dispenser every morning. It was so big that I couldn't put it on the stand below the tap so I had to hold it while filling. Apparently a very memorable sight to people.

I also drink one to two cups of tea every day. One in the morning and sometimes one in the evening. Just a healthy habit. And I despise coffee.

Also I wish misconception 10 were true... πŸ˜…

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Amelia Vieira Rosado Author

Get that H2O @naseki πŸ˜‚ There's really nothing better than that. The tea is a nice addition I must say πŸ€”

Also I wish misconception 10 were true... πŸ˜…

Hahaha, not at first I guess, but the salary has to grow eventually πŸ˜‚

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Siddharth

The coffee thing is totally true. I also have no preference

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