Hello Sisters and Brothers from Daniweb (The greatest Devshed forum out there, hell yeah!)
Last month, I was thinking about quitting my Facebook.... I've been a member since 2008 and was really enjoying it. But lately, I discovered that it already affects my life. A lot.
I realize that as a Web Developer, it has really affected my productivity and my self progress and development as a programmer. But it's too late, I was already poisoned by this social networking and now I'm trying to cure myself... by QUITTING FACEBOOK
My life revolves around Facebook. There are lots of weeks that I just facebook all the way... and do nothing.
...and then one day, I stumbled upon a blog of a developer, and I saw the comment box where one visitor was saying "Why aren't you going online in IRC?" and the owner of the blog said "It's poisoning my work as a developer. I was afraid that it could really affect my development"
Damn he's right... He is really really right...
I could've gotten better... I could've improved myself... I could've gotten alot of project and already finished it.
I also realized that as a developer, our laboratory is our computer like any other laboratories out there. In fact, when you go to the laboratory, you just do your experiment. And there is no other thing you can do. When you are a doctor, you only go to the hospital and deal with the patients. And there is no other thing you should be doing there. EXCEPT if you put some disturbances, like Facebook.
Now imagine that in our place?
I also know some freaking good developers like Richard Stallman that never use web services like Facebook. And some good Dani Gurus here like ardav and evstevemd. (I bet you don't use facebook don't you guys? :D )
"The Greatest irony of being a Web Developer, is when you create those websites, but you're the least person using it."
Please don't get me wrong (I'm not against Facebook) but as a developer, we should avoid things that can distract us in our development.
Yes it's hard... really hard to ditch Facebook... I got 1000+ friends in Facebook (not to mention the *EHEM* sexy friends I got with their countless sexy pictures...)
But I love programming so much and I don't want my life to be ruined by facebook...
I hope this story helps other developers too (specially the Junior Developers)
Just remember, our computer is our laboratory. We should respect our work because its our passion to CREATE. We only have limited time here so don't waste it all up in Facebook.