If you’re a little confused about the terminology of “fanboi,” here’s a definition:
“Someone who is hopelessly devoted to something and will like anything associated with thier particular thing.” [via Urban Dictionary]
“Fanboi” tends to be more directed to geek culture and technology, but essentially means the same thing as “fanboy” from where it’s been derived.
Now that everyone is on the same page, let me ask you:
“Are you a fanboi?”
If you consider yourself a fanboi, please don’t be offended. I’ve got nothing against fanbois and I’ve had my moments when I behave like one. I think it’s human nature and we all have our moments of being “hopelessly devoted to something.”
For instance, you could call me a “Jesus fanboi” (not be be confused with being ones ‘homeboy’).
The Danger of Fanbois
Fanbois can be awesome for a company.
Think about Apple fanbois for instance. No matter what Apple releases, they can count on a certain number of people camping in front of their store. These people are foaming at the mouth, ready to consume whatever Apple has to offer.
Easy money, right?
The problem of having too many fanbois, is that it never pushes you to innovate and become the best you can be. No matter what you come up with, praises follow. Without an ever pursuing challenge, you become weaker and your product eventually declines or never peaks as high as it could.
The Christian circle is full of fanbois.
The list could go on, but let me stop as I’m sure you get the idea.
Christian fanbois are “hopelessly devoted” to anything that has “Christian” dropped in the front of it. I understand that marketing plays a role as well as demand, but being a Christian fanbois will continually lead us to create mediocre apps, websites, music, films, books and more.
Don’t be a fanboi.