gregbo (gregbo) wrote,

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Thread on /., regarding burnout and depression among IT workers.
I can relate to a lot of what has been written.

One thing caught my eye:

One should take into account more variables. (Score:5, Insightful)
by cbiffle (211614) on Thursday May 19, @04:17PM (#12582223)
I've been watching this pretty closely, preparing for a masters
program in a related topic. This isn't directly related to my
research, so take it more as an idea than a finding, but:
Information overload will only affect certain personality types. There
are those of us who inhale Google daily. Recent example: "I went home
last night, discovered Hibernate, learned it, and converted our
70,000-line service center app to use it. Want the diffs?" Yeah, there
are people who do this; we had it happen at work about a week ago.
Others simply cannot absorb and process information that quickly.
These people are potential info-burnouts.
Tends to correlate, in my
experience, with a general unwillingness to learn new programming
languages or adapt to new systems. They're not being
sticks-in-the-proverbial-mud -- they understand that they simply can't
cram it into their brain quickly enough, and it often makes them

Without going into too much detail, I think I'm an info-burnout. I'm willing to learn new things, but I become anxious about it, especially when there is an expectation that I should be able to do the new things at least as well as the old things right away, or that I should be able to retain all the old things just as if I was doing them on a day-to-day basis.

I was going to write something else about people who go to MIT who take six or more classes per quarter, but I don't have time. One thing I have always wondered is if they can't learn everything that's covered in class, texts, etc., how they prioritize what they need to know for tests. Another is, assuming they've done really well so far, would they be surprised if they started having trouble because the tests started asking for things they hadn't had time to cover or didn't understand fully. Also, I wonder how this relates to something like realizing that CPC advertising is highly susceptible to click fraud.

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