Reality Bites: TikTok Sensation’s Heartfelt Confession on the Painful Realities of a 9–5 Job

By Sarah Johnson

A recent TikTok video has gone viral, showing a young woman crying about the reality of working her first ever 9-5 job. The video, posted by user @brielleybelly123, has resonated with many viewers, who have shared their own experiences of struggling to adjust to the traditional workweek.

Overwhelming Feelings

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In the video, Brielle explains feeling overwhelmed and stressed by her new job. She says that she has to wake up early to commute into the city and often doesn’t get home until late. She also says that she doesn’t have time to do anything else outside of work, which is making her feel isolated and depressed.

Tears Were Flowing

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The daily commute, work, and late nights were too much for Brielle. Recording her video in tears, Brielle reflected on her new life after graduating college. Admitting that she is likely being dramatic, Brielle said “ “I know I’m probably just being so dramatic and annoying, but this is my first job, like, my first 9-5 job after college.”

No Time for Everyday Basics

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Talking of the things that we take for granted, Brielle said, “I don’t have time to do anything. I want to shower, eat my dinner, go to sleep — I don’t have time or energy to cook my dinner either.” Her words seemed to strike a chord with TikTokers as people had a lot to say about the video.

People Called Brielle Dramatic

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Many people on TikTok were unhappy with Brielle, saying she was over the top. Brielle was accused of being “dramatic” or “entitled,” and told her that she should “just be grateful to have a job.” One person said, “Ok Gen X here and this cracks me up. I did a full time job and 2 part time jobs while going to college full time. I’m on call now 24/7. 9-5 is amazing.” An older TikToker wrote, “It’s crazy to me that younger generations are not prepared to work. My parents both worked, we knew that’s what adult life was and still is.”

There Was Support for Brielle

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Brielle’s video has sparked a debate about the challenges of working a 9-5 job in today’s world. Many people have commented on the video to express their support for Brielle and to share their own experiences of struggling with the work-life balance. One person said, “The 40-hour work week is beyond outdated, and your feelings are totally valid.” Another viewer agreed when they wrote, “40-hour work week was designed with a homemaker to take care of house tasks. We need dual incomes now, so that’s not possible. No time for anything.”

People Called for the End to 9-5 Working

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Regardless of one’s opinion on Brielle’s video, it is clear that the 9-5 job is only working for some people. The traditional workweek needs to be updated and realistic, and it needs to meet the needs of modern workers.

Why the 9-5 Job Isn’t Working Anymore

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There are several reasons why the 9-5 job is no longer working for many people. First, living costs have increased significantly in recent years while wages have remained stagnant. This means that many people are working longer hours and harder than ever before, but they are still struggling to make ends meet. Second, the way we work has changed dramatically in recent years.

Technology Should Improve The Balance

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Technology has made it possible to work remotely and flexibly, but many employers are still stuck in the old ways of thinking. They require their employees to be in the office from 9 to 5, even when it is not necessary. Third, the 9-5 job is simply not compatible with the demands of modern life. Many people have families and other commitments outside of work, and it can be difficult to balance everything. The 9-5 job also leaves little time for leisure and self-care, which are essential for mental and physical health.

The Impact of the 9-5 Job on Workers

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The 9-5 job can have a negative impact on workers’ physical and mental health. Studies have shown that working long hours can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout. It can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions. The 9-5 job can also hurt workers’ personal lives. It can be difficult to maintain relationships and spend time with family and friends when you are working long hours. Finding time for hobbies and other activities you enjoy can also be difficult.

What Can Be Done to Fix the 9-5 Job?

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There are many things that can be done to fix the 9-5 job. First, employers need to be more flexible with their work arrangements. They should allow employees to work remotely and flexibly when possible. Second, wages need to be raised to keep up with the cost of living. Third, the government needs to provide more support for working parents and caregivers.