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Generation whY!? Complaining Through Social Media

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Tyler Gildin

People of our generation LOVE to publically complain about all of their “problems.” It seems like with every new app, website or online forum, comes a whole new way for people to desperately cry out for attention from the social media world.

First it was via Facebook statuses, with long depressing paragraphs that most people ignored on their way to stalking their exes. Now it’s with 140 characters and some lame hashtag as we scroll through our Twitter feed while sitting on the toilet bowl. It’s only a matter of time before people start Instagraming pictures of themselves crying, with a Willow filter, and some sad sob of a description that no one will read anyway.

I don’t mind people occasionally venting about an issue or two in their lives, but when it’s every day, you need to chill out! No one gives a sh*t!

Facebook has a feature that allows you to suggest friends for some of your other friends. How about a feature where you can suggest a therapist? Every time people post depressing stories or statuses about their life sucking, I want to suggest a number where someone is actually paid to give a shit. If that doesn’t work, maybe suggest a ledge where they can jump off of, or at the least throw their computer off?

In a world where people are starving from hunger, dying from tornadoes, and dealing with gun violence, some people still find the need to update their social media world every time their cell phone breaks. If your leg is broken, post about it. If you phone is broken, take it as a sign and don’t!

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“Ugh! I can’t believe it’s raining today and now I can’t take my convertible to the Hamptons for the wine and caviar get together at the Senator’s home where every guest will be leaving with a bar of gold!! My life sucks!” – Someone who needs to get punched in the face.

While that status may be a little extreme, it’s not that far from some of the ridiculous crap that people do put out there. At the same time, I do acknowledge that some people do post about real issues. Maybe they aren’t picking the appropriate forum to express themselves and are maybe abusing us with their constant depressing banter, but I can admit that some statuses and posts are legitimate. But I don’t need to feel like I’m being suffocated by it every time I log onto my computer.

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Can we all keep some of our emotions inside? For once, when we feel something, whether sad or happy, can we just enjoy it by ourselves or privately amongst our friends? Will we ever get to a point where we don’t find the need to publicly cry out for attention every time the smallest little thing doesn’t go our cookie- cutter way?

Let’s start a national holiday called “Keep It To Yourself Day,” where for a full 24 hours, nobody posts anything negative. Every post will be either uplifting, humorous or just a pleasant observation. I know we don’t necessarily live in the happiest world, but for one day, let’s fake it. And for those of you who have that many issues that you feel so desperate to tell someone about, we can suggest a therapist just for you.

Tyler Gildin

Tyler Gildin

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