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This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we delve headlong into the world of whiny teenagers who took to Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More 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.

Undeserving Undesirables

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.

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.

Apple Apathy


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.

The problem here is that any and all Apple products 9 Innovative Apple Products That Didn't Make It 9 Innovative Apple Products That Didn't Make It It shouldn't surprise you to learn that not all of Apple's past creations were as well-received as the products they make today. Take the Macintosh TV (1993-1994) for example; Apple's first attempt at creating a... Read More 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

Another clear trend in 2013 was confusion over which games console was which. The Wii U Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More was released in 2012 without anyone realizing it, and the PS4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More and Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More were both released in 2013. This meant at least one of the three consoles appeared on lots of children’s Christmas lists this year.

The problem is that parents see these consoles as interchangeable PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U, Which Would You Rather Have? [MakeUseOf Poll] PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U, Which Would You Rather Have? [MakeUseOf Poll] If you could have one of these consoles right now, no questions asked, which one would you choose? And why? Read More , 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?


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 #Clueless? Everything You Need To Know About Twitter Hashtags #Clueless? Everything You Need To Know About Twitter Hashtags Some people #use #them #for #every #freaking #word; others ignore them altogether. It might leave you wondering: what are hashtags even for? Am I using Twitter wrong if I don't use them? And are people... Read More related to the trend having been hijacked by trolling pranksters. 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

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.

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 Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information? Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information? Sharing has always been a prominent part of what the Internet is and how it functions. And with social networks exploding in popularity in the past several years, sharing is probably the one aspect we... Read More . 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.

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  1. John
    January 23, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    In them days we was glad to have the price of a cup o' tea.
    A cup o' cold tea.
    Without milk or sugar.
    Or tea.
    In a cracked cup, an' all.
    Oh, we never had a cup. We used to have to drink out of a rolled up newspaper.
    The best we could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth.
    But you know, we were happy in those days, though we were poor.
    Because we were poor. My old Dad used to say to me, "Money doesn't buy you happiness, son".
    Aye, 'e was right.
    Aye, 'e was.

  2. Pavel T
    December 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Never weep, never complaint, never beg - it's the best gift for yourself.

  3. Kurt S.
    December 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Whining really doesn't work too well in my family. And that includes me as a kid 55+ years ago. It seems that many of the tweets or texts or whatever those whiny complaints authors are fully engaged in being ego centric little princesses and princes. Perhaps if we stopped equating love with gifts the world would be a better place. Personally, I got the best Christmas gift: I was with my family who actually got out of bed before noon. I told them that I resent the notion that I have to buy their love and affection with gifts that are foisted off on us by the mass marketing pitchmen.

    • Dave P
      January 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Presents should never be the be all and end all of Christmas, I agree. Regardless of whether the religious aspects have meaning for you and yours it should be more about spending time with those you love.

      Young kids expect presents, but these teenagers really should have grown out of that by now.

  4. Keefe K
    December 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    @KeirDeCordova But I think the reason they hated Christmas most of all, was because thier _______ was two sizes too small! (I hope you guys like Mad Libs! XD)

  5. Mike
    December 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Basically all these ungrateful sacks of shite need a good slap upside the head.

    • Dave P
      January 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      I could never condone violence but you may have a point!

  6. bben
    December 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I was taught from an early age that Christmas was all about giving - not getting. The media is conspiring with manufacturing to make Christmas a GimmieGimmieGimmie thing for kids - with absolutely no concern for what parents can afford or appropriateness of what they want. I watched a 10 year old pitch a fit because his mother refused to buy GTA for him. It was obvious that the mother didn't have the money to drop on a game that was completely inappropriate for a 10 year old.

    • Dave P
      January 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      It's definitely a growing trend. As a kid of course I preferred to get rather than give, but by the time I was an older teenager that had all changed. These are whiny, spoiled asshats who need to be taken down a peg or two.

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