“You should have gotten INSERT MY FAVORITE BRAND.”
“INSERT MY FAVORITE MODEL is amazing! Why didn’t you get that instead? It’s so much better.”
Is there anything more annoying than telling an acquaintance you’ve bought a motorcycle only to have them counter with what they think you should’ve bought instead? Or why it sucks? Or that you can expect it to blow up in 3 days? Or 58 reasons why theirs is better, faster, newer? Or that X model (that you didn’t buy) never has problems?
Here’s a Newsflash:
If I WANTED something else I would have BOUGHT something else.
I suspect that in the case of friends who react this way it’s because they love what they have and they want you to be happy, too. But the delivery of their message can just come across all wrong. Instead, they just end up insulting your choice.
In reality, the insult doesn’t matter – you still like what you like – but I think it’s human nature that it gets your hackles up. It can be hard to hold your tongue and not return the favor of telling them why you don’t like their choice. But doing so just perpetuates the cycle of annoyance.
Can we just go back to “that’s nice, dear” and then talking shit about it to our spouses? 😉