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Singaporeans complain too much

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Why do Singaporeans complain too much?

After weeks of agony, the haze has finally subsided (albeit slightly) and we can all enjoy fresh air once again. We no longer need to head out with the stifling N95 mask too!

While the haze has provided us plenty of fodder to talk about, that got me thinking about our innate talent in complaining about all sorts of things.


WITH THE PSI LEVELS THIS BAD, WHO WOULD NOT COMPLAIN?
PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA.ORG

Not only have we been accused for complaining relentlessly about the haze, we spare no hatred towards our humid weather, transportation system, and even annoying aunties.

Perhaps, we do complain too much. Here are three reasons why I feel Singaporeans are also known as "complain kings".

1. The kiasu culture

Kiasu translates to being "scared to lose" in Mandarin. With our fear of losing battles, like being the top student in the cohort, earning less than our close relatives, or even being the first in line for a concert, most of us can never feel satisfied with our lives.

What is the most natural thing to do when we "lose"? Complain, of course.

Singaporeans are known to be kiasu over trivial matters like rushing to be the first in line for a meal during recess or for a seat in the train, making us seem selfish to others. Gradually, you might end up irritating your friends who are less "competitive".

Would not it be better for us to chill and be a little patient? It certainly goes a long way in building our character!

 
WE QUEUE UP FOR FLIGHTS AN HOUR EVEN BEFORE THE PLANE ARRIVES.
PHOTO CREDIT: JASON WEEMIN

2. The emergence of social media

In the past, we could only complain to our friends. Fortunately, or not, times have changed. Feel like ranting? One tap on your phone is all you need to make your displeasure known to the entire universe.

With everyone practically making their feelings known about pertinent and non-pertinent issues on social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, the domino effect makes us do the same: complain.

McDonalds ran out of vanilla milkshakes? *Taps rapidly on Twitter with insane speed.*

The MRT is too crowded again? *Posts a picture on Facebook of super long queues in the train platforms (with expletives, of course).*

 
SOCIAL MEDIA AS A RANTING PLATFORM.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREAS ELDH

3. High level of comfort

When there are train breakdowns, high PSI levels, dirty toilets, and even the presence of mere insects in our homes, we tend to complain incessantly. This is a telling sign that our generation does not know what it feels like to be out of our comfort zones, unlike our third-world country counterparts.

Most of us forget that we are fortunate to not have experienced poverty, a lack of basic necessities, extreme corruption, and poor infrastructure – just to name a few. So, what happens when we are forced to step out of our comfort zones momentarily? You know it – complain!

Maybe it is time for us to count our blessings and reflect on how we can be a little more grateful every day, instead of leaving a trail of negativity online.

While I still complain about crowded MRT trains and expensive meals on a daily basis, I hope to be a little more grateful and patient with my life and keep a smile on my face!

How about you, what gets your goat? Complain about it below!

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