Why is there so much hate in the tech world?

on March 9th, 2013 by Matt | No Comments »

I’d like to start off by saying that I’m a big fan of technological advancement, and that without it society wouldn’t be what it is today. That being said, it’s amazing how much of this advancement gets hate from all sorts of people, including executives in large corporations (like Samsung and Valve).

And this isn’t limited to a single individual here and there, you can find a large amount of hate for technology from many people that work in the industry. You have people hating Windows Vista, Windows 8, changes to Facebook’s layout, MySpace, Twitter, hashtags, Minecraft, the Xbox, the PlayStation, portable consoles, certain brands of mobile devices, desktops vs laptops, contollers vs keyboard/mouse, Windows vs MacOS vs Linux, Chrome vs Firefox vs Internet Explorer, iTunes vs other media players, and the list goes on and on and on and on and on.

Who is all this hate helping? I mean, think about it logically. Lots of people hate Windows 8 for either the lack of a start button (which is ridiculous in itself), the fullscreen Start screen (which isn’t that bad one you actually play around with it), the idea of fullscreen Modern/Metro apps (seriously? you realise you can just stick to the desktop.. right?), and every other little thing that’s different to Windows 7. Many people voice this hate, repeatedly, on sites they either write for (I’m looking at you, Neowin and The Verge), or simply to publications (take people from Samsung and Valve, as just two examples, but you can easily find more).

What I think none of these people get is that, whenever they bring up the subject, they’re not pointing something out to Microsoft, they’re just causing even more discussion on a topic that should’ve been dead 3 months ago. Microsoft will not drastically change Windows 8 back to Windows 7. It doesn’t make sense for them to do so. Yell all you like, changes like these are here to stay.

In short, complaining repeatedly about a non-issue like any of the ones I listed above, is a waste of time, effort and energy. Nobody cares about your petty complains, they just want you to finish so they can move on with their lives and actually read news.