By nature, I’m an optimistic person, and I try to be optimistic as often as I can for those around me. I also try my hardest to be appreciative of the things I receive, and not complain about the things I don’t get.
But I’ve noticed a disturbing trend, mainly online, that makes me pessimistic: people have become whiners, especially when it comes to things they believe they are entitled to and should receive.
I’ll illustrate this with an example. I have a PlayStation Vita, which is a handheld gaming device. I love my Vita, as it gives me the ability to play quality video games on the go. A bit of a gaming fanatic – starting with Atari more than 25 years ago – I enjoy being able to throw myself in an experience that requires my interaction but allows me to escape the everyday activities of life. The Vita is perfect for me as I can quickly fire it up and play it for a few moments when I’m not dealing with work, family or school.
Like many other things I become enamored with, I find online forums and websites to learn the latest about my obsession and post my thoughts about it. With the Vita, this has included PlayStation.Blog, IGN and the PS Vita Forum. Through these sites I often receive information about the product long before traditional media reports about it. In addition, I learn about what others are thinking, questions and answers regarding the product, and ways I can better use it through various tips.