We are going on a trip next month to celebrate my daughter’s high school graduation. We still had to make a decision on a hotel for one of the cities. I was looking at reviews for each of the hotels and found a lot of negative reviews mixed in with the good reviews for several of the hotels. Only one had consistent negative reviews, so we eliminated that one. Many of the negative reviews were “the room was small” reviews or complaints that the staff was not helpful. Reviews are hard because many people don’t bother leaving a review unless they have a complaint. Choosing a hotel, restaurant, business, based on reviews is difficult. Eventually, you have to just make a decision realizing that no place will always get good reviews. I di worry, though, that reading too may reviews will color my impression of the place. Will I be more focused on the size of the room(knowing that small rooms are the norm unless you pay a lot more) because I read these reviews? Will I judge other areas more harshly because I read bad reviews online? I don’t think I will, but it is a hazard of reading reviews.
I think the same can happen with books. I’ve seen it happen with people refusing to read a book and saying it should not have been published based not on their own reading, but on one person’s review. I tend to ignore reviews of entertainment(unless a negative review gives me an excuse not to watch a movie others want) and judge for myself. I do, however, sometimes find myself reading reviews on Goodreads after I finish a book, but before I rate it. Sometimes I find myself second guessing my impression of the book based on the reviews of others. It is brief and I still rate it how I want, but it does make me question my impression occasionally. I think maybe I just need to stop reading reviews.
Do you read reviews? Do you base decisions on hotels and restaurants on reviews? Do you choose to read or watch based on reviews?
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