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What’s all this carping about the little stuff that makes up our day?
“It was once considered unbecoming, or annoying itself, to moan publicly about trifling personal ordeals. Now, in a seismic shift for the moral culture, abetted by technology, we tolerate and even encourage the ‘microcomplaint,’ ” writes Teddy Wayne for the New York Times.
Wayne points to a paper titled “Microagression and Moral Cultures” published last year in the journal Comparative Sociology. Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning, the authors of the article, claim society has elevated the status of victimhood.
Not only that, but Wayne argues microcomplaining “breeds ‘competitive victimhood,’ ” fueled, in part, by social media.
What do you think? By the way, I broke a nail while typing this column!