We’ve all heard this overplayed term before. False advertisement used to actually be a term for corrupt corporations that made promises in their advertisements that ended up being incredibly wrong. This was used when people were genuinely physically or psychologically harmed by something. Now, people use it any time something didn’t live up to their expectations.
I don’t really agree with the term because it insinuates blame on the other party for not assuming your expectations and meeting them. There are many complaints that people today are entitled, and I think that term falls right into place with that label. It’s okay to be disappointed, but it’s not okay to call something false advertisement just because it didn’t live up to your expectations.
Expecting something to be the greatest thing ever, and that it will change your life forever isn’t realistic. And I think using it to comment on other people as if they’re products built for your pleasure is also incredibly narcissistic and entitled. People want to blame their disappointment and unfulfillment on others rather than realize that their expectations are not law.
I have used this term in a joking manner a few times and have no issues with joking between two people, but I don’t agree with punishing another person or company for disappointing yourself by needing to have a perfect product.
Flexibility is almost a virtue at this point, because so many people are stubborn and stuck in their ways of how they perceive the world around them as needing perfection, and they cannot settle for anything less. Things aren’t perfect and sometimes you have to roll with the punches and be disappointed. You also have to take a step back and really analyze how realistic your wants are.