The Grand Finale. The Swan Song. The Last Hurrah. The proverbial fat lady is out back warming up her pipes and her pallet. Part Three of Top Three Douchiest Things People Post On Social Media casts a wide net, (and its not to catch that damn fat lady!)
Drum roll please. The third douchiest tendency people have on social media is constant complaining, because you know we really fucking care that you were stuck in traffic and you know, it matters.
Before we start gathering around the campfire, roasting marshmallows, singing kumbaya and jerk each other off on how complaining is bad and you ultimately have the control to never have a bad day; let us acknowledge something.
We’re all human, and we all will have a bad day from time to time. Venting, talking about it, complaining to your family or friends is completely healthy and normal. If social media is your only way to connect with people, complaining on there is fine too, granted that it isn’t an everyday showcasing. I’m not going to bullshit you and say otherwise.
This article focuses on the people who constantly complain and constantly live the worst week of their life. This is dedicated to the people that view “Monday” as an odious creature that haunts them in the dark of the night. This is for the people that remind us that they missed their morning coffee, because you know, it’s important and well, maybe you were planning on driving 40 miles to deliver them coffee. Do not confuse the intent.
Constantly complaining on social media is douchey, simply because nobody fucking cares that you are having a bad day. If you’re an adult then truly nobody fucking cares that you are having a bad day. I feel as if I could be Bart Simpson and write “Nobody fucking cares that you are having a bad day” one hundred more times and end the article but that wouldn’t be fun would it?
The Constant complainer materializes in many forms. Similar to a shape shifter, phantom, or the Pokemon Ditto, our candidate can also appear in a variety of ways. If you will, The single guy or girl, the waitress that is overworked, the super sports fan, our teacher friends that have the damndest time at work and our aspiring internet politicians now all bat for the same team.
I’m sure posting a status that you are single is going to help you get laid. I’m sure tweeting how you didn’t get tipped well is going to help you get out of your financial crisis. I’m sure that complaining about your favorite sports team losing the game is going to help them get better and improve your mental health. I’m sure every teacher’s class has like totally the most insane kids ever and you know, I wouldn’t believe the darndest things they do. You catch my drift.
Everyone can have a bad day if they set their mind to it. Most people have something they can complain about but many choose not to. Here’s a secret: Your bad day isn’t special. You can love me or hate me for saying that, it’s up to you. You don’t have to invite me to your pizza party, but the idea of using your bad day as a means to connect with people is cheap and unoriginal. The only positive I can take away is I can see your talent is being good at having bad days; but then again I’m an optimist.
Why doesn’t anybody care that the constant complainer is having a bad day? Glad you asked! The answer is really a two-headed beast. Head one, it demonstrates a lack of responsibility / accountability for the direction of their life. Head two it exhibits shades of “The Boy who Cried Wolf Syndrome”
“I hate my job and my boss doesn’t know anything” “My boyfriend is such an asshole” “My girlfriend is so clingy” “I just want to live somewhere else”
What do these typical social media complaints all have in common? Ironically, these different complaints share the same solution. In fact most of the complaints people share on social media have the same solution. The solution is: Grow the fuck up, take responsibility for your life and change something. This can be applied to almost any complaint you have. Life is often more simple than complicated.
If you don’t like your job, get off your ass and start looking for a new job. If you don’t like who you are dating, break up with them. If you don’t want to be stuck in traffic or wait in line, wake up earlier. Whatever you do, don’t make your ordinary complaints a status on Facebook. I don’t want to read that, I want to read something awesome. I’m selfish. I have needs. Stimulate me. Sheesh.
Has asinine complaining ever lead to a solution? Absolutely not, it’s illogical to think otherwise.
Sure what I’m saying can be critiqued; “That’s easier said then done” But I think that’s wrong. Yes, making change, especially life altering change is uncomfortable and it is nerve wrecking. But it’s also easy to do, there’s often no mystery in the problem, the answer is usually spelled out. Change happens in an instant not overtime; it just takes people a while to work up the nerve to make a change. The latter is completely controllable.
When you constantly complain, it shows you’re immature and have not taken responsibility for your life. It demonstrates a victims mentality which ultimately is weak and wasteful. If you have the ability to fix the problem and you don’t then you yourself are the problem. Get out of your own way and stop marketing yourself as the person who has the worst life. That’s not a noble title to aspire towards.
Constant complaints draws shades of “The Boy who Cried Wolf Syndrome”. If you’re not familiar with The Boy Who Cried Wolf it is a story where a shepherd boy repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking a wolf is attacking his flock. When one actually does appear and the boy again calls for help, the villagers believe that it is another false alarm and the sheep are eaten by the wolf.
If I’m consistently reading tweets about how your neighbor pissed in your cheerios and you are stuck behind a school bus, your complaints lose their power. I can’t tell if you’re serious, if you’re a negative Nancy or if in fact a rain cloud has materialized and actually follows you around. It devalues yourself, devalues your complaints and that is never a wise thing to do. If something actually is going very much wrong I wont believe you. You always have a bad day what’s new? This is why when you do complain make sure it’s something worthwhile, I’ll be more apt to help you.
A suggestion: Try something different, change it up and you know, and have a good day?
Disclaimer : There are two sides to every coin, and many people post content as it is required for their job, fuels their passion, help stay connected with family, etc. Everyone has an angle; I acknowledge this and respect the hustle. Intent is everything and this article was written with the intent to appreciate the subtle douchey idiosyncrasies of social media. This was written intentionally with a skeptical, humorous lense. As acknowledged prior, everyone including myself has been guilty of this tendency. Additionally I realize that this article is posted on social media and the focus is complaining about complainers. I appreciate the irony.
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