How to deal with the negativity?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MultiMediaWill, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Over the past 24 hours of owning the apple watch, I have received some positive and some negative comments. I welcome the positive comments, but I get really annoyed by the negative comments. I've had two close friends tell me that my watch is "exactly like an iPhone on your wrist" and "it's very ugly and pointless" and "you wasted your money." One of my friends even said "it's an ipod nano on your wrist, how is that new?" The sheer stupidity of that comment makes me cringe.

    Another one of my friends wanted me to defend the reasons why I bought the watch and continued to nitpick and press-on when I refused to defend myself by simply saying, "I got an apple watch because I wanted it and I can afford it. I don't feel the need to defend my purchase."

    It's been bothering me that people have the nerves to insult my new watch even after I tell them that I don't want to argue about it. What suggestions do you have to deal with the negative comments?
  2. GmDude66 macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    PA, USA
    "Sorry bro, we can't be friends anymore"

    Apple for life!
  3. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2015
  4. MultiMediaWill thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Sometimes I wonder if deep down they wish they had one but can't afford it. My friends usually do not react like this to my purchases.
  5. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Find more mature people to hang around with?

    It's a new category (yes, others came first), but this one works natively with the Apple ecosystem and, from a hardware standpoint, is exceptionally well made.

    What it can do now is just the tip of the iceberg...and when the "killer" apps come (and they will) - they'll be scrambling to get their watches while you're enjoying the heightened functionality already.
  6. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    Easiest way to deal with negative comments you don't agree with, ignore them.
    If people can't accept you bought something just because you want it, it's either ignorance, jealousy or just plain rude.
    You should pound them with questions as to why they bought their last TV, kettle, cooker, pair of jeans, you get the idea :)
  7. SixtyK macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2013
    I'm not a gamer and my Watch was about $100 cheaper than the XBox One that my friend camped out for... so there's that.
  8. joeptp macrumors member

    May 13, 2014
    Why does it bother you? The watch makes you happy right? Ignore them.

    Edit: But if you do need a respond, the best one is what GMDude said, "Sorry bro, we can't be friends anymore". It's a funny response and will most likely go onto the next topic.
  9. Frocktar macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
    Yep, i think I'll be receiving a bit of that from a few folk. Been all positive so far out and about for work though.

    Other than the external response you already listed, the rest is all an internal thing really though. What choice is there other than to just allow them their own view and see it as their viewpoint. Anything else just opens the door to letting their negativity inside you. Which is s terrible idea in any situation where one is faced with a negative projection from another. It's more contagious than a cold, but only if you let it.
  10. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
  11. McPhallus macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2011
    If it works for you and you like it, that's all that matters.

    They insulted your watch, not you. I have no doubt that some of them are jealous, and many others just don't get it.

    Some people think my obsession with mechanical watches and fountain pens is a little goofy, and that's fine. I don't give a rat's ass what people think of my belongings, and neither should you.
  12. edlex macrumors 68000


    Apr 14, 2010
    Pretty much sums it up very well.
  13. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Well, they are right. It basically just a remote for the iPhone with a HR monitor attached. You can't handle criticism?
  14. andrewmaj macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    Jacksonville, FL
    Dont worry what other people say? PRetty simple solution.
  15. bob24 macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland
    Ignore the comments and move on.

    You won't change their mind as they have just decided it's crap, and any conversation will be pointless.
  16. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
    kick their ass. Make sure you get a smack in with the apple watch ;)
  17. Ecoh macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009
    I got a lot of similar comments from my husband when I told him I was going to get the Apple watch. Now that I have had it a few days and he has seen how I use it, he wants one.

    I think you just have to explain to your friends that you see a value in it for yourself and thats all that matters.
  18. DeepStuff macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2014
    The same way you deal with those people that are jealous that you have an iPhone and they only have a crappy Android. They know they have the inferior phone but to make themselves feel better they try to knock you down. Feel pity for them they are not as privileged as we are.
  19. Haysbert macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2011
    I was actually having this same conversation today with someone who has an apple watch. Someone I didn't even know today came up to me and said "I can't believe you bought that it's so stupid". My response was "If having this gadget can make you this upset than it has become my favorite purchase and already paid for itself". Honestly, if wearing this watch can make random people angry for no reason it has to be my favorite "feature" of the watch.
  20. MultiMediaWill thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    I don't know why it bothers me, but it does. I love the watch so far, and I've told them that. The watch has exceeded my expectations so far and I've been really impressed. I guess it's an internal issue now and I'm going to try my best to ignore the negativity.
  21. Mymosa macrumors regular


    Apr 13, 2015
    SoCal girl living in Jersey
    Responding to negativity

    That sucks because those are not friends.

    I'm 51 and I'm a "camper" My friends just know and they will tease me a bit, but at the end of the day they know I'm a die hard fan, I work hard, and I have a right to what I want. (plus I have met a lot of great intelligent people waiting out for the phones!) My friends knew as soon as the watch was announced I was not only going to have one but It would be on launch day!

    To other's my answer is I work hard, I'm not doing drugs, I don't hang out, and I'm a therapist who works with severely abused children. I deserve to get what ever I want.

    It helps being a female when I come back at my friends because, I don't buy shoes, expensive clothes, or purses so there's no difference.

    It does get old from strangers though and they are a buzz kill. It's all good you have Apple "family" that gets it! :)
  22. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    If only it came with a taser...problem solved. :) Be a bitch on battery life though.
  23. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    You have really hostile and confrontational friends. What age group are they in? They speak as though they grew up on Facebook, and talk to people in person the way people talk in comment boxes.

    Most people I know would express their skepticism in a much more civil way.
  24. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    "it's very ugly and pointless" - Great, I'm so glad you didn't buy one then.

    "exactly like an iPhone on your wrist" - Thanks for your observation

    "you wasted your money." - You're right. I'll continue to use my watch while I ponder that.
  25. Presonance macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2010
    It's funny how people will drop hundreds on their own hobby without batting an eye, but when you buy an Apple product that you thoroughly enjoy and use several hours every day, they throw a fit.

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