Or atleast that’s what other people think.
When people come over and see me at the computer they assume I’m either playing a game or checking my Myspace. But the fact is, I haven’t played a computer game in over a year and I don’t have a Myspace. When I tell them that I’m working they never believe me.
Sometimes I’ll explain to them what I’m doing, show them my progress and maybe even show them the code I’m working on. But they still don’t believe me.
My friends tell me I should get a real job and then I ask them what a real job is. But they don’t know. In my opinion, I have a real job because I’m doing something that I enjoy and care about. And because I have a fun job, in a way, I do play on the computer all day. And it’s awesome!
I know exactly how you feel Matt. I also spend a lot of time on the computer but my friends think I’m some kind of nerd or something (I wish I was)! It’s annoying because when they have computer problems they come to me for help, but I use Mac so I never have to deal with problems; which is why I can’t help them. They take it as me just having my revenge for them calling me a computer geek and this and that. It’s cool though. I’d rather be on the computer than watching television.
Posted by Mike on Aug 1, 2006.
I don’t even watch cable, which comes as a surprise to lots of people. The only cable channel I’ll watch is ABC Family, because Who’s Line is it Anyway? is just hilarious.
Posted by Steven on Aug 1, 2006.
Get used to it, man. I’ve been doing web design for years now, and my Mom still tells me to go do some “real work”.
Posted by Z on Aug 1, 2006.
Until I sat my parents down and told them straight-up that by being on the computer I was developing skills I could later use in college and in a job, they thought all I was doing was surfing the web and talking on AIM.
Posted by Pierre Lourens on Aug 1, 2006.
I know exactly how you feel Matt. My girlfriend goes out to work, but I make more than she does with web, print and brand design, and when she leaves in the morning she still says, “Have fun loathing around all day” even though I wake up before her, and after she comes home I am still working on designs up until dinner.
I just don’t understand why working from home and making just as much and sometimes more as your better half is still seen as laziness.
Posted by Victor Johnson on Aug 2, 2006.