A TikTok video of a young woman complaining about having to work 40 hours a week went mega-viral with millions of views on social media.
The woman, who says her name is Eliza, posts under the moniker “SupposedlyASystem,” and she says that it is impossible to enjoy life while working 40 hours in order to pay the rent.
“How do people manage to enjoy life while working full time?” she wrote on the video.
“So, I work 40 hours a week so I can have a two-bedroom apartment and an extra $300 a month,” she says.
“Like, it doesn’t cover my phone, internet, food, you know? So not only do I not have any extra money, but just working makes me so exhausted, that I don’t have time either,” Eliza continues.
“Like I get off work at 5:30, come home, I’m just so tired. I’m so tired that like, anything that I need to do outside of work I then just push off to the weekend, and then I’m like, I’m too tired to do this after work, I’ll wait until Saturday. So, then I end up with so much to do on the weekends, that ends up having to be split into two days,” she says.
“So, then I don’t get a day off. I don’t get a day to relax. I don’t get to decompress!” Eliza adds tearfully. “I don’t know what to do, I’m not made for this! I don’t have the money, time, or energy to enjoy my life outside of work, and I don’t know what to do about it anymore, you know? I’m so tired.”
Reactions on social media were varied, with some supporting her assertions as a symptom of modern life while others mocked and ridiculed her for complaints about working normal hours.
“Honestly boggles my mind that so many people think 40 hours of work a week is a lot. That leaves you at least 5 or 6 waking hours a day during the week to yourself and two full days on the weekend. How much more free time do you really think you should have?” responded commentator Matt Walsh.
“Stop blaming these kids for unrealistic expectations and blame the parents who clearly didn’t prepare them for adulthood,” read one response.
“Imagine how tired the people that have been working for the past 20, 30 , 40 years are right now . no one gave s*** about us , we raise our families and keep working,” read another response.
Others criticized people on the right for their mockery of the video.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is another young woman describing a crisis of meaning & right wingers jeering at her have lost the plot,” responded Marlo Slayback.
“If you’re a conservative dunking on this woman, you’re misapprehending what this is about. It’s not about spoiled/whiny Gen Z or whatever. It’s about a crisis of meaning in the post-Christian West and the hollowing out of our civilization by feminism, liberalism, and secularism,” replied writer John Daniel Davidson.
The mix of supportive and critical responses led to one version of the video garnering over 14 million views on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, alone. The original video garnered 590k views on TikTok.
She responded in a separate video to people criticizing her and said she felt sorry for them.
Here’s the video of Eliza’s rant:
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