I just came across the article ‘Syndromes’ Drive Coders Crazy – Business Insider. Interesting article about fear and dissatisfaction among high tech people based on the notion that as individuals we’re not good enough, and that “real programmers” do it for the love of coding. So we’re driven to work crazy hours and job satisfaction is reduced.
We’ve known for along time that software engineers (and other knowledge workers I suspect) are less productive when constantly working 60-hour weeks. The article makes that point again.