A Society of Complainers

In a world full of complainers, I am here to tell them to shut up

Everyone hates that one kid in class that never stops complaining. “It’s too cold,” “The reading was way too much,” “I hate morning classes,” and on and on and on. 

You know who they are; they always sit beside you, and if you’re this person: Listen up. I am about to knowledge all over you.

Complaining is an issue at our university, but even further than that, complainist culture is a problem with our generation. For too long we have been letting people get away with being annoyed with everything, and I am sick of that culture.

Think of popular media. How often are the teens and young adults on TV labeled as too big of complainers? Everyone can think of a complaining teen or young adult in popular culture; I can think of about 40-50 episodes of Drake and Josh where Drake complains the entire episode.

That was over 10 years ago; it has gotten much worse since then. This is a huge problem for society, and if we all perceive our generation as complainers then we will never, as a society, accept our generation as hard-working adults.

We are constantly seen as lazy, complaining kids, yet we are told to act as adults at all times. This double standard makes the problem even worse as it’s easy to complain about things that seem unfair to us, and if we complain about this specific example, we will be labeled as complainers.

This vicious cycle will continue until we break it. So, I urge you: Stop complaining about things that don’t matter. Complain when it is important to complain, don’t just complain to complain.

In the future we are going to run everything, so if we don’t start figuring things out now, we are in trouble. We need to complain about things that we need to fix, not things that just annoy us in everyday life.

Shut up. We don’t want to hear you complain about the weather and homework; complain about politics if you want. That’s important.

Shut up. Complaining about how much work you have to do won’t help anyone. Try complaining about sexism in America.

Shut up. Don’t bother complaining about how you think it’s unfair that we pay so much for college. Instead, complain about how no one in the government seems to really care that we are paying more than we will make in a few years just to get that underpaying job.

Shut up. Complain about all the wrong things with the world, not the things that only affect you.

I don’t want to hear how your day was boring. News flash, no one wants to hear about your boring day, but I do want to hear what you think about the crappy political climate we live in. 

If you think that’s harsh, well, that’s because it is. You know what, though? I need to be harsh in this situation. Nothing will change if I don’t make this abundantly clear: Shut up unless you have something important to complain about.

In 2012 Sandra Parsons wrote for the Daily Mail an article called “Why so many 20-year-olds are failing to grow up” accusing people in their 20s of being entitled and lazy. Yet in the entire article Parsons failed to bring up the fact that we have been working our entire lives for jobs that might not exist when we graduate college.

This kind of unfair labeling gets traction because, while our generation opposes and complains about these unfair accusations, we complain about too much, so no one listens. It’s the boy who cried wolf lesson all over again.

It becomes hard to defend our own generation when other generations just think we’re complaining like we always do.

Until we can complain about the things that truly matter, we will always be viewed as complainers who don’t affect the world. This is a sad reality when we are the future. We have no bearing on what we are viewed as because we complain about everything.

To that person sitting next to me in class complaining about everything, shut up! Complain about what matters, but if you don’t want to do that, then be like everyone else and stay quiet.

If you would like to complain to me about this article, feel free to reach out to me at the email listed above with my name. Just know that if you complain about this without making any valid points, I will do what the older generations do and write you off as just another complainer.

You aren’t helping anything by complaining about nothing, so for the good of everyone, shut up.

~Michael Innacelli, CNUTV Editor & Sports Editor~


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