This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we delve headlong into the world of whiny teenagers who took to Twitter to moan about their Christmas gifts. These ungrateful individuals chose to issue public complaints about the presents they received from their parents, despite being extremely lucky in the big scheme of things.
I didn't get any cash for Christmas so I can't go After Christmas shopping. ????
— Cody LePort (@cody_leport) December 26, 2013
It would be ignorant to claim that teenagers the world over had never complained about their Christmas presents before social networking became the behemoth it is today. Of course they did, but they did so to a few selected friends or family members. Now, they do it in public.
All I wanted for Christmas was black Nike shoes, a new phone, and pants. I didn't get any of that stuff ????????????????
— Raeann ? (@_QueenRaeann) December 26, 2013
Twitter is a very public place to be condemning and/or disowning people purely because you’re unhappy with what they bought you for Christmas. It may seem rather clever to call out your parents for not adhering to all of your demands, but they’re likely to find out and feel sad or angry as a result.
i told my dad i wanted an iphone 5s but he bought me an iphone 5 so i microwaved it pic.twitter.com/jBBJ4afcJp
— dan (@potatominaj) December 25, 2013
Some of these tweets were random and vague, but there were some clear trends, especially where technology is concerned. As detailed by iOS Universe, several teenagers were left annoyed and confused by their parents’ inability to buy exactly the Apple product they had requested.
My mum got me an iPad mini 2 when I wanted iPad Air erggg I Hate My Mum
— Sully. (@yungsuldan) December 26, 2013
The problem here is that any and all Apple products should be gratefully received. They’re all desirable but not exactly necessary, so whether you get an iPad, an iPod, an iPhone (any model) or Mac, you should be eternally grateful to your hard-working and put-upon parents. And if you really must complain then do so in private rather than in public. Please.
The Wrong Console
Where's my Xbox One/PS4? No one loves me, I hate Christmas ????
— Kier (@KierDeCordova) December 25, 2013
Another clear trend in 2013 was confusion over which games console was which. The Wii U was released in 2012 without anyone realizing it, and the PS4 and Xbox One were both released in 2013. This meant at least one of the three consoles appeared on lots of children’s Christmas lists this year.
Screw getting an xbox one or ps4 I asked for a Wii-u for Christmas
— Marcus Montesion (@marcusm1396) December 25, 2013
The problem is that parents see these consoles as interchangeable, so if one is sold out another will suffice. Sadly, for kids and adults alike, this isn’t the case. As Kotaku clearly demonstrates with a roundup of the worst tweets on the subject. If you’ve set your heart on an Xbox One and get a PS4 instead then you’re going to be disappointed. And vice versa. But that’s no excuse to rant about a simple error of judgement on the Internetz. How about swapping or selling the console instead?
— Paula Pulido (@paula_a_pulido) December 25, 2013
While most of the tweets embedded in this article are (very probably) legitimate, you cannot trust every tweet you see on Twitter moaning about disappointing presents. This is due to several popular hashtags related to the trend having been hijacked by trolling pranksters.
— Bridger Page (@b_ridge59) December 25, 2013
Metro.us has a lengthy rundown of the issue, highlighting several tweets that are ironically satirizing the #ihatemyparents and #worstchristmasever hashtags. The two above, moaning about only getting a private island and an orange Lamborghini, respectively, demonstrate the fightback perfectly.
Turning The Tide
"I hate my mum, i wanted an iphone 5c but she got me a 5s instead" People who are like this are on the top of my 'to kill list'
— Millie (@Millie_Jacko) December 26, 2013
This is, I’m sure you’ll agree, all rather depressing. Thankfully, there is some hope out there, as not every teenager is keen to complain about what they did and didn’t receive for Christmas. Instead, some are taking the high road and complaining about the complainers.
Some people don't have houses to live in and your selfish ass is complaining because you got the iPhone 5c and not the 5S, go fuck yourself
— Colby (@Cbart_) December 25, 2013
We should applaud these teens who appreciate everything gifted to them, but unfortunately this trend is arguably just as annoying as the original. We know these rich brats are selfish, greedy, ungrateful twits, but they provide bags of entertainment every year. So please, don’t put them off from making absolute idiots of themselves!
This kind of thing has been going on for several years, but it’s still astonishing to see the level of moaning some ungrateful teenagers will put out on the all-too-public Web. Do they not realize these tweets only serve to make them, rather than their parents, look bad? Still, finding, reading, and sharing these tweets gives the rest of us something to do between Christmas and New Year, so they can’t be all bad.