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They Say That Most Programmers are Introverts But... They Actually Are?

mars profile image Mara McCrann ・1 min read

If you know the guy from the header image, you might already know the whole topic of the article (and I might consider u cool. maybe. just don't put spoilers of the series pls).

I've seen some movies about programming (or hacking 'cause that's what they think programmers do all the time) and I notice how most of the protagonist (or the one who programs in the series/movie) are depicted as someone who's an introvert, or better yet, a loner (those two words are different tho).

Well, I've seen some real life discussions about it and I'm quite surprised that there had been agreements there are programmers that are extroverts.

I don't wanna label personalities (the introvert/extrovert thing) but based on conversations with other programmers (real-life/online) and few observations, I have to agree that most of them are really introverts.

And I wanna know why.

I consider myself as an introvert as well. I discovered programming with my curiosity of how would one make games. But I wouldn't say that I did it just because I am also a quiet person.

So, is there any reasons that you know why? Or any observations that you might have?

Posted on Apr 5 by:

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A first year CS student who loves game development. Made little games, programs and stuff. Still learning. Introverted. Socially Awkward.

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Most of my workmates if not all are extroverts and yet good programmers and It's great having such on a team, even from far away they will keep you with a positive vibe all the time.
I think there is a misconception when one is focused on what they are doing, because programmers focus their attention a lot on problem solving hence the introvert type.
In my opinion if you have attended a conference then thats where you see that most are likely not introverts.

 

there is a lot of misconceptions about introverts

they will keep you with a positive vibe all the time

that has nothing to do with being into/extrovert

thats where you see that most are likely not introverts.

Being able to talk a lot and relate with many is no indicative either; I'm very introverted yet in college I was always surrounded by people, we had to do a lot of team work and I was never last pick, I always liked to talk to an audience and I didn't spent a weekend night at home in the 6 years (here engineering degrees take 6 years). The difference is how you end up after the action, extroverts get pumped, they get energy from being with others, they get inspired, enjoy chitchat. They usually talk even when there is nothing to talk about.

Shy is not introverted, there are a extroverted people who's also shy, and introverts who are not shy at all, sad extroverts, happy introverts, depressing extroverts and cheerful introverts.

I'm an introvert, I like to talk in public, I don't dislike to talk to people, I do hate to chitchat and I get wasted after a social situation, I need a lot of alone time but I don't hate being around people, you may like to bungee jumping, that doesn't mean you would spend all day every day doing it. And I don't like to work surrounded by people or noise, is distracting. I don't get inspired talking I get inspired on my own or listening. I hate open office spaces, talking about nothing doesn't feel like bonding or fulfilling at all.

I see a lot of introverted people programming because talking with people is tiring for us, of course a occupation with less of it is comfortable, but nowadays specially in the frontend there is more extroverts, a lot of marketing people, a lot of designers a lot of sales people involved, task more attractive to extroverts. Nowadays we hear about how extroverted programmers should be, how "well adjusted" and "normal" are. How the "most" important thing about programming is their "people skills" which is utter nonsense. In some cases maybe, like the ones I mentioned. But no, programming is not a social occupation in the core of it, of course you work with others, but just because you cook to not die you can call yourself a chef. Steve Jobs was not a tech genius, he was a very good marking guy, Woz was the tech genius. For years occidental society has looked down to introverts, making environments very uncomfortable for us, and talking about us as people with a problem, that's far from the truth, we are different and because extroverts are more and louder, the rest of us are in the wrong. For years I acted as en extrovert to fit in, I shouldn't have. Almost all programmers I know are introverted guys, a few gals, they all look extroverted because like me, they have to make a huge effort to fit it or you'll not get a promotion, you'll not get the bonus, you'll not be taking seriously or even heard otherwise.

 

Well, I've seen some real life discussions about it and I'm quite surprised that there
had been agreements there are programmers that are extroverts

That depends in the field, place, etc. Is not what I've seen; that people act extroverted doesn't mean they are, most people think I'm extroverted and I'm far from it, I have to act like that to fit in and be taking into account, to be heard. The occidental world is not made for introverts, so we act, we act the hell out of it. And nowadays web and specially frontend dev is the big thing and that has a lot to do with sales, marketing, graphical design, etc. Those are usually areas with more extroverted folk, those who get thair energy from being with other people; I would die in a week doing sales, after not selling a thing. Now with the quarantines I'm in heaven (setting aside the obvious tragedy of the whole thing), while the whole world feel alone and depressed I feel motivated and unburdened. That feeling of fish out of the water extroverts are feeling now are probably similar to what we as introverts feel all the time. Welcome to the other side :)