Do people complain too much?

By Kenny Brenizer

The Periscope (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)

It’s inevitable that things aren’t always going to go your way. Naturally, we complain when we don’t get what we want, but are students complaining too much?

Students have endless reasons to complain. There’s always too much homework, people who walk too slowly in the hallway, and that one teacher that you’re convinced is out to get you.

It’s hard to resist the urge to rant about these problems. You have to consider, however, that you’re surrounded by students who have the same problems as you. The majority of your conversations shouldn’t be about all the problems you come across.

Many of the problems being complained about can be avoided. Many of the students that claim they don’t have enough time after school to do homework actually have study halls they could use to get a good amount of their work done but instead watch videos or talk to friends.

One use for complaining is to provide a scapegoat for the problem. Students blame their terrible school lunches on Michelle Obama with the #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag.

Maybe complaining and ranting about something makes you feel better in that moment and helps you get out your anger, but it just makes things worse in the long run. A lot of little things that happen throughout your day and all come together when you start ranting about how horrible your day is. This leads to frustration and helplessness, according to a psychological study done in 2012.

Not only does complaining do nothing to help solve the problem, but it’s also harmful to mental health and isn’t worth it.

Photo Credit: Alexis Brown

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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