I’ve never linked developer with drug use. In my mind, using drugs is anything but productive for software development and it will be counterproductive to pop pills while coding.
I changed my mind after reading this article:
A lot of things make sense now. I remember the time when I started to learn iOS development a few years ago. After a few weeks of intense learning and coding, I couldn’t go to sleep because my brain was “swiping” after closing my eyes. Sometimes I had to use a few drinks to relax.
Apply the same situation to young developers with a good income to dispose and a crazy deadline to meet, there is no surprise that drug use/abuse has become increasingly normal among the software developers.
If you’ve been to a Hackathon you will find enormous amount of different types of energy drinks available. Did they work for me? Yes, for a short while. But it’s certainly not something that I want to depend on to stay focused. I’m scared of what will happen when they are not available.
Maybe I should be glad to grow up without caffeinated drinks, Aderall or 5 hour energy pops. And I know when I have “drug talk” with my kids, it will be a much bigger subject on illegal stuff.