First world problems
#FirstWorldProbs not problems at all
BY MARY SLADE DUKE and MARIA PROKOPOWICZ ON DECEMBER 19, 2013
People love to talk about their problems. We all seem to find a deep pleasure from letting out all the things that bother us. Twitter gives people a perfect outlet to share every detail of their horribly unlucky and painful lives.
“Ugh, hate when my Starbucks is so hot it burns my tongue #FirstWorldProbs” and “Had to get another new iPhone bc I shattered my last 6! #FirstWorldProbs.” Wow, life is hard.
Recently, a video has surfaced and become wildly popular on Facebook. The video features people from third world countries reading “First World Problems.” It is hard to watch, and left us with a sick feeling in our stomachs. If you aren’t left with a sense of guilt after watching, well, you are the epitome of a first world problem.
The video has a message, and this message is more effective because of the way it is presented to its viewers. When we watched it, we could immediately relate it to ourselves. The people in this video are so underprivileged and impoverished that simple things we take for granted, like water, aren’t available to them. This really puts things into perspective when complaining about things like not having a charger by your bedside or having to sit on cold leather seats during the ride to school.
It is one thing to hear about how privileged we are, but to see it firsthand is another. I think we’ve all heard our moms say something along the lines of “finish your dinner, there are children starving somewhere,” but have we ever really taken it to heart? We have all thought about how someone, somewhere, is less privileged than us, but then that thought escapes our mind.
When watching this video, one of the most disturbing things was how accurate it was. We really do complain about these things. “I hate when my mint gum makes my ice water too cold,” I think we’ve all had this happen to us, but after watching this video, we realize it isn’t a real problem anymore. “I hate it when my house is so big, I need two wireless routers.” Personally, we’ve never experienced this, but it makes us sick to our stomachs when we watch a 100 pound African man standing in front of a shack saying these words.
If you gather anything from watching this video, we hope that you catch yourself next time you are about to complain about any of these minor inconveniences. We hope that you can put these things into perspective and realize that “first world problems” are not really problems at all.