I don’t hate and detest ballpoint pens. I just don’t like using them and I avoid them. When I was employed, ballpoints were issued by my employer. The assumption clearly was that all written work should be done with them. The pens they issued were clear BICs or the yellow ones that had a finer point.
Why didn’t I like them? For one thing, they required an unnaturally vertical hold. The crystal BICs gave out a little too much ink so that a sticky blob would gather at the tip. Sooner or later it would be transferred to the page. I did a lot of handwriting, taking notes and minutes and those pens seemed to require some pressure. Not much, just enough to induce pain and even cramp in the fingers during an extended period of writing.
I fell back on pencils which seemed to be acceptable for all but permanent work. Pencils are much better writing instruments and don’t suffer from any of those problems I have outlined for ballpoints. I even found a BHR mechanical pencil, an Eversharp, and I used that without drawing adverse attention.
Why didn’t I just use my fountain pens? Mostly because I valued my old pens and some of the goons I worked with were perfectly capable of lifting one off my desk and “neglecting” to return it.
One way or another I managed to avoid using any ballpoints during the years of my employment. Of course there were times that material had to be written in something more permanent than pencil. I had nylon-tipped pens which were quite pleasant to use, and later Pilot gel pens came along. I really like them. If there has to be a successor to the fountain pen, the gel pen is it.
I don’t think there is a single ballpoint in the house, except for ones in sets that I have for sale. Most of the inks I use in my fountain pens are not permanent or especially water resistant, so addresses on envelopes are written with my trusty Pilot G2.