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High Times for Optical Networking?

Nearly 20 percent of Light Readers enjoy smoking marijuana while on vacation, according to a recent Light Reading survey, Vacation: Time to Get Away.

127 of the 670 people who took the poll said that they liked "smoking a fatty" -- popular parlance, we're told, for smoking a marijuana cigarette. Another 268 (40 percent) said they enjoy “sitting on their butts drinking beer.”

The extent of substance abuse in the optical networking industry could be bucking an overall downtick in drug use amongst workers in the U.S., according to research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which says monthly drug use rates among workers decreased from nearly 17 percent in 1985 to 7 percent in 1992 and have since remained at that level. Employed drug abusers cost their employers about twice as much in medical and worker compensation claims as their drug-free coworkers, NIDA claims.

"I'm not surprised by these results, given the cultural lessons that Americans are taught at a young age through media," says Dick Dillon, regional vice president for Preferred Family Healthcare, a private not-for-profit organization based in Missouri that operates drug abuse centers and health clinics in the Midwest.

“One of problems that I think contributes to drug abuse is that we pass messages along to our children through TV and through our own behavior,” he says. “If you go straight for the liquor cabinet or -- even worse -- roll a joint [marijuana cigarette] when you come from work, and your children see this, it sends a clearcut message about using substances to relax or calm yourself down.” [Emphasis added.]

Nor is everyone in the industry surprised by the survey findings. "It makes a lot of sense. If you look at some of the things people in the industry have done you have to assume that they were stoned at the time. I'm only surprised that the number is as low as 19 percent," says Gary Clemenceau, director of corporate communications for Calix Networks, an optical networking startup.

The new poll for August is already up on Light Reading's Light Work site: The Job Hunt; it evaluates how optical networking professionals, stoned or not, look for employment.

Just remember: Friends don't let friends fill out surveys drunk.

-- Marguerite Reardon, Senior Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com

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Confucius 12/4/2012 | 8:00:39 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? Perhaps it is not 20% of Light Readers that smoke a fatty on vacation, but 20% of Light Readers that fill out silly surveys that smoke a fatty on vacation. Maybe being stoned makes one more inclined to fill out surveys.
Steve Saunders 12/4/2012 | 8:00:38 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? see last line of article:

"Just remember: Friends don't let friends fill out surveys drunk."

Perhaps we should have added: "or stoned" ?

Steve

researcher 12/4/2012 | 8:00:38 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? interesting...but your article doesn't really reflect the fact that *interesting* is about the only conclusion to be drawn from surveys that are completed by volunteers rather than by a randomly recruited sample of respondents.

for this reason, it is completely ridiculous and illogical to compare these results with the NIDA results from what appears to have been a survey that was conducted under more scientifically correct methods...

and then to include the quote from the rehab guy!

if you're going to do fun surveys, then write a fun article on the results...! if you really care about how the level of substance abuse in the optical industry compares to other industries, hire some *real* researchers to conduct the survey for you!

researcher

Larry, Monkey 12/4/2012 | 8:00:37 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? Why did u delete it ?>

Because we didn't want your "piece of crap" on our home page.
Scott Raynovich 12/4/2012 | 8:00:37 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? oh boy... think I'll crack me a frosty one.
optical_enthu 12/4/2012 | 8:00:37 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? I just posted one article few minutes before by the name " What a piece of crap " . I don't see it any more.
Why did u delete it ?
gharlin 12/4/2012 | 8:00:36 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? I thought a fatty was a cigar! Boy am I outta touch!
ownstock 12/4/2012 | 8:00:35 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? Smokin' a fatty means something entirely different if you are from Chicago with an Italian surname...or are a VC that just triaged another start-up...

;-)

-Own
drone387 12/4/2012 | 8:00:34 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? Me thinks LR has discovered a fertile new source of revenue!
ownstock 12/4/2012 | 8:00:32 PM
re: High Times for Optical Networking? Smokin' a Fatty:

Alternate definitions...

Any business plan handed to a VC these days, as in: "Those guys got to be Smokin' a Fatty if they think we're gonna fund 'em..."

Any VC trying to raise another fund these days, as in: "Those guys got to be Smokin' a Fatty if they think we're gonna let 'em keep that last pile we dropped, let alone give 'em another one!"

Vinhod talking to another group of analysts about his global optical vision, as in: "Hey guys, its still there, all you gotta do is Smoke a Fatty!"
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