The other day, someone tweeted a list of “must-have” Android apps (clearly from his own perspective). From his list, there was only one app that I needed or used. Then someone else stepped in and added that he has used none of those apps, listing two apps that he used regularly instead.
Truth is, there is no generic must-have list. People’s needs and wants differ, and what seems must-have to one person may be totally off the radar of another person. It is okay to state our preferences, but then I see a significant number of people take their personal preferences too far, trying to force those down as law – and worse, as superior.
Chips On Shoulders
Recently, I mentioned the BlackBerry PlayBook, and I got two responses implying that it was a poor choice because of the small number of apps available for it. Again, it was laughable. One of the respondents insisted that I would need at least one free eReader.
Problem is, I don’t need or use eReaders. I haven’t used one since The Titanic.
Another respondent said he wouldn’t think of using the PlayBook, saying that’s “how terrible” the PlayBook is. Yet, there are people all over the world who are productively satisfied with their PlayBook. That respondent was implying that all those people are stupid or ignorant for choosing such a “terrible” device.
That Superiority Complex
This attitude reeks of a bad air of superiority complex – all because of a choice of apps or devices. It stinks to high heavens.
There is no generic must-have list of requirements, features or apps. People must choose what works for them, regardless of whether that puts them in the minority or with the crowd. Stating our preferences is good, but acting and talking in such a way that others’ sensibilities are offended because of your preferences is totally out of order.
Those who instinctively rubbish other people’s choices because they don’t align with the popular flow are at best childish, and at worst being brutish. ‘Nuff said.