Complaint Bragging Is the New Humble Bragging
Here’s why you shouldn’t do either
Quick refresher: A humble brag is a seemingly self-deprecating comment that draws attention to something you?d like to highlight. It?s when your college roommate tweets, ?I can?t believe how often baristas hit on me when I?m not in makeup and wearing ratty yoga pants!?
Now, according to The New York Times, there?s an even worse way to be passive-aggressive. It?s called complaint bragging, and it?s super annoying.
Complaint bragging is when you whine about an ?inconvenience? (that?s not that inconvenient) in the hopes of getting sympathy (attention). A few examples:
Your brother: ?Aspen > Argentina > Aruba in the last two weeks. I?m sooooo tired, my eyeballs hurt.?
Your boss: "Did airport security really think my Hermés riding crop was a weapon they had to confiscate?"
Kanye West: ?I specifically ordered Persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple Persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh?
To summarize, humble bragging and complaint bragging are annoying habits, often found on social media, that should be avoided when possible. Because no one wants to be guilted into commenting ?omg stop, your skin is #flawless,? when, to be honest, it looks a little dull.