I asked the Twitterverse the following question:
iOS Developers: Coffee or Green Tea?
I was only half-expecting useful responses. But since I got 23 answers, I figured I might as well tabulate them.
Several people thought it funny and obvious that when Cocoanetics was asking such a question, the correct answer without fail would have to be: Cocoa. But it was not meant as a trick question, and REALLY, I think most people will call you a girl if you join their morning coffee round with a mug of hot Cocoa.
Coffee has a clear lead, but half of iOS developers prefer something else. “What else?” asks George Clooney, let’s answer him.
“Tea, Earl Gray. HOT!”
– Jean-Luc Picard (first star ship captain with an iPad)
Of the 32% tea drinkers 60% are choosing original Green Tea, 20% go for Black Tea, 10% for peppermint and 10% for Grapefruit Green tea.
Other drinks mentioned where water and Coca Cola, with twice as many mentions of H2O. No trace of San Pellegrino Limonata that Hunch said we are drinking.
Now, which really IS the smarter choice? Well, it seems to depend on your sex. A recent study found that women think faster under the effect of coffee, while men think slower.
Researchers discovered that men who drank the high-test coffee suffered greatly impaired performances in memory tests, as well as taking an average of twenty seconds longer to complete puzzles than the decaf drinkers. But women completed the puzzles an astonishing 100 seconds faster if they’d been given coffee, according to the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Writing iOS apps is much akin to solving puzzles and your memory helps when you need to remember in which class file you put what function. We boys might want to lay of the hot mocha for a while and try to survive (and code) on tea.
But then again, we contractors get paid per hour anyway and so the benefits of a little cafeine-punch on the soul might outweigh the negatives of slowed down thinking.