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We might have finally found one thing that all generations have in common, and that is complaining. From Boomers moaning about the younger kids and their iPads to Gen X grumbling they’re the forgotten generation to Millennials making a fuss about how they’re not lazy to Gen Z whining about how hard it is to live in the modern world, they all have something they seem to be dissatisfied with. 

Recently, these generations have gathered together on Elon Musk’s Twitter to share the biggest “Boomer Complaints” they can all agree on. We invite you to scroll down and see for yourself the rare occasion when these different age groups are united by their passion for venting online.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out a conversation with clinical psychologist and founder of Zen Mind Psychology, Alicia Viforj, who kindly agreed to tell us more about why we complain and how it affects us.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

100% AGREE!!! I see no reason you need my information except to pay for my order.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just start yelling human or manager over and over again until the machine breaks. I don't feel bad about being a Karen to a machine.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Commercials are too loud. 100%. I'm dozing off to something and then BOOM! Some stupid shite I'm not interested in basts my ear drums. You know I need to sleep so I can work and make money so I can buy the thing you're selling right?

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Clinical psychologist Alicia Viforj tells Bored Panda that complaining is a form of communication. “If someone is complaining to us, they might be trying to communicate their emotional experience and express dissatisfaction.”

Shared complaining in groups (like these generational ones) can also serve as a way of social bonding.

Sometimes people grumble as a way to regulate emotions, too. By venting their feelings, they can lessen the severity or let go of these distressing emotions.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate them too. Everyone immediately gets their phone out, has to use data or find a wifi network. There is less conversation over a phone menu than a real one. If you order separately there is the convenience of separate payment, but then your meals all come out separately and one person has finished eating before the other starts. The atmosphere is less pleasant because people don't put their phones away after ordering so you are surrounded by zombies on phones. We stopped frequenting our local restaurant because they laid of 80% of their staff and installed QR codes. Now its like eating at a funeral. Even McDonalds is more social and pleasant.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No one wants to hear you even if you aren't using speakerphone. Make your calls at home!

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We were curious to know if one age group ‘whines’ more than the other. However, it’s hard to say.

“Complaining tendencies can vary across age groups, but it’s essential to recognize that chronic complaining isn’t exclusive to any particular demographic,” says Viforj. “There is some research that suggests that older people tend to complain more, but further studies may be warranted. Individual personalities and life circumstances play a greater role than age.”

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's also very American. The rest of the world has service included in the price. In some countries tipping is even considered rude.

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Even though complaining has a negative connotation in society, it’s not always necessarily bad. “Sometimes it helps people to connect to others by forming a sort of alliance with them against the thing they are complaining about, sometimes people feel the need to vent and offset their negative emotion, it can help people feel validated and avoid responsibility in a situation,” explains Viforj.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd like to be able to have a conversation in a club too. I don't go to clubs.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't look at your phones while driving. It's dangerous. Also, I'm going to need you to look at your car's TV screen to change your climate settings through three submenus while driving.

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However, constant 'whinging' without ever trying to find a solution to the problem that is bothering us can have negative effects. “The costs of complaining are that it can reinforce negative emotions, cause the transference of that emotion to another person who is hearing the complaint, and cause relationship difficulties between people,” says Viforj. 

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Speakers don't belong on hiking trails! You're supposed to be in tune with nature.

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Asked if people should complain less, the clinical psychologist said that it would definitely help to improve an individual’s mindset.

In order to do so, she recommends practicing gratitude and regularly reminding yourself of the positive aspects of your life. She also recommends journaling your thoughts by spending a few minutes each day reflecting on your complaints and their most common themes. Then think about what you would like to change about it.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It should be one click and done. Also why the hell do so many websites make the sign/log out link so hard to find?

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Some additional strategies to lessen complaints include:

  1. Seeking support: Reach out to supportive friends or family members. 
  2. Problem-solving: Instead of complaining, take steps to solve the problem. 
  3. Replacing negative thoughts: Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.
  4. Be mindful of triggers: Notice situations or people that trigger complaints. 
  5. Experiment: Embrace the idea of trying new approaches.
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Agree. In the Netherlands it is now banned for kids to use their phone at school. Kids still take a phone to school but they must keep them turned off and in their locker.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

DVDs are still available, at least for anything I’ve wanted to buy.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah. My new oven wants my email address to. Presumably so it can email me to tell me when to clean and service it. Nope. Nopity Nope Nope.

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Realistically, it’s probably not possible to decide to never complain ever again, as we need to express our emotions from time to time, both positive and negative. In fact, holding on to feelings harms our mental and physical health. Letting out short bursts of complaining can prevent the stress hormone from building in the organism.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I found out my electric bill wasn't being billed properly, but it was still being paid for. I called SEVERAL times and everyone kept sending me to someone else. Start service? No, it already exists. New account? No, I already have one. It's a technical issue! It's a customer service issue! I talked to so many people and they all said it was the fault of someone I'd already talked to. So I stopped. I'm not sure who is paying that bill, but my power hasn't been shut off yet.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd rather delete an email than deal with so much paper being wasted, but there should be a better way than email, that doesn't require you sharing personal details, I just can't invent it myself, so I'm waiting for someone else to do so.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not just paper straws, it's that corporate earth tried to convince the masses that us using plastic straws is single-handedly destroying the planet...all this being said while journeying via their private jet.

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“Remember to complain when it is relevant and necessary to avoid chronic complaining,” says Viforj. Trying to focus on keeping your daily communications positive can improve your mood and overall outlook on life.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

modern cars should not blind upcoming traffic. Mine doesn't. The issue are rather those stupid higher cars like SUVs and Pickuptrucks.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Which is one reason they're all on their phones or whining to get one.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have to get a magnifying glass to read info on bottles of meds! My eyes aren't that bad

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate it that you have to click before knowing if there is a paywall.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Teenagers driving scooters on a sidewalk and when you tell them something, they beat you up.

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