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OK, not all of them, but a lot of them are anyway. Most of them are cool.

I've been browsing the Foursquare help "forums" lately (which actually are kind of run by some other company) and have noticed that there are a lot of spoiled/childish type of people using Foursquare.

No Points = I STOP PLAYING!!!!

Points are NOT be awarded when checking-in to locations. It simply says, "OK! We've got you @ (location name). This is your 1st checkin here! FIX THE DAMN PROBLEM!

Wow... really? Love your points that much to just totally give up on an experience? Good riddance.

Thing is, there are a few different things going on here. First, 4SQ has apparently made changes to their system which are meant to stop cheaters from prospering (have to be at a venue to get credit for it). Thing is, so many map markers are off and so many devices are not on the GPS signal that people are being listed far far away from venue locations even when they are right in front of them.

No credit means no points - and most importantly - no credit towards mayorship and other badges. The odd part about all of this and people whining so much about it is that no one seems to care about the other stuff - they just want their points (OK so some people want the other stuff - but the most vocal ones seem to only care about points).

Maybe in some other 4SQ world points are important ... but not in the one I'm in. Ya, there's a leaderboard and all but it gets reset ever week. So you lose ALL of your points in an instant.

Why are people getting so bent out of shape? 4SQ isn't supposed to be about the points and stuff anyways. If you get down to it, it is supposed to be about meeting up with friends and exploring new places and being social. Sure, the badges and mayorships are fun ... but they're only one part of the game.

My favorite part is that even though a 4SQ employee chimed in on one of the threads saying that they are working on it and trying to make some changes... people still continued to berate the app and even the employee for it not being fixed and her not disclosing what the big problem is (though I've already kind of explained that above).

Comes back to another theory I have about people today... sense of entitlement. I don't know where it came from or why it is developing so rapidly, but so many people have such a ridiculous, undeserving and annoying sense of entitlement that they really need a swift kick to the face.

So many people walking around with this chip on their shoulder all but shouting "I WANT WHAT I WANT, AND I WANT IT NOW!"