First World Problems

First World Problems

by Billy Soden


Most of us heard the phrase “first world problems.” The reference is usually made when someone whines or complains about something trivial, especially when compared to “non-first-world” areas on our planet. Places that have no electricity, no water, no wi-fi, no cell phones, no plumbing, or no state-of-the-art healthcare (if any at all), are the backdrop of which this phrase is born from. Consistently making negative remarks when you were clearly lucky enough to be born or live in a place that has what most of the world sees as luxuries or extravagant. It’s a phrase

It’s a phrase, however, that has more depth of meaning than perhaps any other we could think of. It’s also a phrase that has been over-used in developed countries rich with material things and wealth in general. Without blame or judgment, it might be a good time for all of us to put some thought into the reality of the conditions and environments that the majority of our brothers and sisters in life exist in every day. It may be even a good idea to suggest a better phrase, a new phrase that has not been worn out to the point of eroding its real meaning. If you have a suggestion, I’d love to hear it!



For the sake of us all, this video gives us an acute awareness to how the world that has such deep pockets of wealth and luxury (enough to solve many of the issues of impoverished countries and communities instantly), read some of the first world problems below and watch this video. If it doesn’t inspire you for a replacement phrase immediately, that’s ok. But it will most definitely remind you and the rest of us that the disparity between extravagance and despair is a human problem that we can all contribute to solving.



Five Overheard First World Problems:

  1. My Book Ran Out of Batteries
  2. “Ugh, every time I go to Vale skiing I get sick.”
  3. What Do You Mean, No Wi-Fi?
  4. I Need a Vacation
  5. I can’t believe they don’t have almond milk!


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