IT Stereotypes

Saint_Technika

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I am wondering about stereotypes pushed around via media and in certain places with regards to IT folk in terms what they consume like coffee, do other nationalities consume it as much or at all as per americanized point of view?

"Let's go for a beer", does it apply if you are a middle easterner?

Is pizza the staple diet for geeks?

The are others I've yet to remember within my recent memory & I'm in IT.
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musha

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IT people can fix microwaves, fridges, TVs and any other electrical equipment...
 

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massively lazy, not helpful at all and takes 4 days to do something that takes 4 hours
 

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No idea what you're on about

/sips coffee
Hehe, I break the mould on that one now, black with NO sugar.

I remember the one teched, free popcorn, coffee, sweets and lots of caffeinated drinks, was like IT heaven.
 

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Hehe, I break the mould on that one now, black with NO sugar.

I remember the one teched, free popcorn, coffee, sweets and lots of caffeinated drinks, was like IT heaven.
BBD office - free coffee, crisps, sodas, cookies and other stuff. It's like working for a glorious health risk :D
 

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But Jhb...

/me shudders
An unhealthy lifestyle comes at a price! What do you think this is?! :mad:

They do provide healthy alternatives but to be honest I reckon they should completely do away with the crisps and sodas and rather offer free health rolls or something (real lunch) if they have the budget for it.
 

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Hehe, I break the mould on that one now, black with NO sugar.

I remember the one teched, free popcorn, coffee, sweets and lots of caffeinated drinks, was like IT heaven.
People always look at me strangely when I tell them 'black, no sugar'.

The IT stereotype is so funny sometimes. I've only once worked with a nerd that fitted that. Henri was goofy, extremely shy and socially awkward, serious about his Star Wars. He'd come into the office, go sit quietly in his corner, put on headphones and just code for the rest of the day. The guy was a Interface Wizard.

He fit the stereotype perfectly. Until we found out he only listened to HardCore Metal and had Asperger's. Everyone else has been completely off the norm.
 

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An unhealthy lifestyle comes at a price! What do you think this is?! :mad:

They do provide healthy alternatives but to be honest I reckon they should completely do away with the crisps and sodas and rather offer free health rolls or something (real lunch) if they have the budget for it.
One place I used to work ( casino ) was great in that it had a canteen. Sure food was ok but the ease of going to work and getting a cooked meal for lunch every day was great.

I wonder if anyone has done a health study to developers vs normal people. We've been around long enough now to start having health impacts and the diet is normally very bad, although there are hipsters doing gym etc now too :p
 

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People always look at me strangely when I tell them 'black, no sugar'.

The IT stereotype is so funny sometimes. I've only once worked with a nerd that fitted that. Henri was goofy, extremely shy and socially awkward, serious about his Star Wars. He'd come into the office, go sit quietly in his corner, put on headphones and just code for the rest of the day. The guy was a Interface Wizard.

He fit the stereotype perfectly. Until we found out he only listened to HardCore Metal and had Asperger's. Everyone else has been completely off the norm.
Metal is also my goto "work" music. Often asked how with the "noise". Strangely enough, most devs in my office/hired are musical in some form or another: instrument, choral etc.
 

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Metal is also my goto "work" music. Often asked how with the "noise". Strangely enough, most devs in my office/hired are musical in some form or another: instrument, choral etc.
Lol. My music of choice is Rob Zombie. Strangely enough - it helps me focus.
 

MidnightWizard

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Dilbert !

I am wondering about stereotypes pushed around via media and in certain places with regards to IT folk i
You need to specify what part of IT
The field is vast
and
The work positions are stratified and hierarchical

It might be interesting linking "stereotypes" to particular niches in the hierarchy ?
 
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