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Topic # 150450 23-Jul-2014 14:08
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Having worked as a software developer for about a decade, I consider myself less manly than before, e.g.

(1) Instead of confronting an undesirable situation, e.g. by telling off a rude waiter, calling back a useless tradesman to finish a half-assed job, etc, I more tend to complain online or;

(2) Instead of making direct, clear face-to-face or phone communication, I more tend to use emails;

(3) Use logical, statistical, mathematical thinking patterns for everything, unable to ignore minor unfairness or incorrectness, bitch about little things that a real man should not even worry about;

(4) Have become less handy at home, or in general more and more useless in other aspects of life other than IT, e.g. unwilling to repair a water pipe, just because half an hour's income from IT can hire a plumber to do the job, but reality is every man should do his own housekeeping things like repairing a water pipe.

(5) Feel life is so boring without Internet (even for just two days).

I do bodybuilding to keep myself physically manly, but I think my inside manliness is decaying. I suspect, though not all certain, it is caused by working in IT.

Is it happening to you? Do you consider yourself less manly than your non-IT friends (e.g. tradesman, policeman, lawyer, etc).

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  Reply # 1094207 23-Jul-2014 14:11
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What the heck is more or less manly?




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  Reply # 1094212 23-Jul-2014 14:14
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No.


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  Reply # 1094215 23-Jul-2014 14:24
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I work in IT, but in the weekends I ride my grizzly bear into the woods and chop down trees with my bare hands. Seems to keep things pretty even overall.




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  Reply # 1094231 23-Jul-2014 14:40
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Paul1977: I work in IT, but in the weekends I ride my grizzly bear into the woods and chop down trees with my bare hands. Seems to keep things pretty even overall.


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  Reply # 1094241 23-Jul-2014 14:56
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Paul1977: I work in IT, but in the weekends I ride my grizzly bear into the woods and chop down trees with my bare hands. Seems to keep things pretty even overall.



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  Reply # 1094286 23-Jul-2014 15:44
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I have similar traits and trends as the OP (apart from the bodybuilding).  I put it down to getting older (but not necessarily wiser).




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  Reply # 1094289 23-Jul-2014 15:49
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Since working in IT I seem to have grown breasts.  But they're quite hairy.  So swings and roundabouts.

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  Reply # 1094311 23-Jul-2014 16:19
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I wonder if there is a sort of reverse effect for female IT professionals? I find that since I got into IT I've become more assertive and less tolerant of rude or bad behaviour (in real life and online).




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  Reply # 1094312 23-Jul-2014 16:19
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I have fathered two children whilst working in IT, it doesn't appear to have affected my manliness one bit. My wife often comments how manly I smell :-)


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  Reply # 1094324 23-Jul-2014 16:32
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I am a man, therefore anything I do is, by definition, manly. Your argument is invalid.

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  Reply # 1094326 23-Jul-2014 16:33
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dotnetdev: Having worked as a software developer for about a decade, I consider myself less manly than before, e.g.

(1) Instead of confronting an undesirable situation, e.g. by telling off a rude waiter, calling back a useless tradesman to finish a half-assed job, etc, I more tend to complain online or;

(2) Instead of making direct, clear face-to-face or phone communication, I more tend to use emails;

(3) Use logical, statistical, mathematical thinking patterns for everything, unable to ignore minor unfairness or incorrectness, bitch about little things that a real man should not even worry about;

(4) Have become less handy at home, or in general more and more useless in other aspects of life other than IT, e.g. unwilling to repair a water pipe, just because half an hour's income from IT can hire a plumber to do the job, but reality is every man should do his own housekeeping things like repairing a water pipe.

(5) Feel life is so boring without Internet (even for just two days).

I do bodybuilding to keep myself physically manly, but I think my inside manliness is decaying. I suspect, though not all certain, it is caused by working in IT.

Is it happening to you? Do you consider yourself less manly than your non-IT friends (e.g. tradesman, policeman, lawyer, etc).


So, to paraphrase David Cunliffe, you're saying "Sorry - I'm not so much a man"? wink

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  Reply # 1094375 23-Jul-2014 17:18
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Your original post describes becoming more introverted, cosseted and isolated from real life. It's not the same thing as losing your "manliness".

Congratulations, you got richer.

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  Reply # 1094391 23-Jul-2014 18:01
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dotnetdev: Having worked as a software developer for about a decade, I consider myself less manly than before, e.g.
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I've heard that .net can have that affect on people

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  Reply # 1094418 23-Jul-2014 18:54
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Working in IT made me older




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  Reply # 1094421 23-Jul-2014 19:00
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If you have to ask, then the answer is YES.

I highly recommend joining your volunteer fire brigade if available in your area. You manhood will return to you. In fact it may double or triple your manhood.





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