The problem that keeps coming up here is everyone thinks they are always right. I would have said the same thing. What is your gripe with not having fun in the real world and meeting people?
I don't think anyone's saying this - on the contrary, the point of this thread seemed to be arguing against the idea that people should be doing one particular thing at school, and leaving programming to later.
Sitting in front of a computer is 1 thing to do. If that is all you want in life, then that is boring. I partied, played several live shows in band, recorded other bands, was a well known skateboarder, hung out with drug dealers, had a g/f, job, and still at the time of attending digipen, was miles ahead of everyone. If you never had fun in high school and weren't social, then you wouldn't understand. I had so much fun and so much time to do whatever I wanted, I learned a lot more things than just programming though.
I don't think anyone's saying you should do programming and nothing else - rather people are just saying that programming when you're young is fine, and not something you regret.
Once you are older you have time for maybe 1 thing, while working 9-5. When you are young you have the time to learn a lot more, meet a lot of people, and shouldn't be burnt out.
I wonder what sort of social life these under 18s have! As an adult, I have a much better social life, I have money, I have time, I have my own place, I'm not restricted by laws on what children can't do, and I'm not living with my parents, and needing their permission.
I meet a lot more people now, than when I was at school, when I could only meet the same people in my class every day, many of whom were immature. As for having time to learn a lot more - yes, that includes programming
I've met some people that are afraid to even smoke one cigarette just for the hell of it, because they are so afraid and isolated.
As an adult, I make the decision of whether to smoke based on reason, and my own opinion. In school, it seemed much more about peer pressure. Indeed, the way you tease someone for being "afraid" of not smoking is just the kind of attitude I saw at school...
Starting a stupid opinion (non factual) fight with another long term member on here does no good. His post also got 8 thumbs up.
I would rather people disagree by posting their own view, than going by the popularity contest that is "thumbs up".