Post # 1
..k seriously. I’ve been seeing reference to this trendy statement ALL THE TIME lately.
I’m over it.
Yes, I agree, that some of the issues we have here in the “first world” are pretty silly when you compare them to starving, tortuous conditions in the third world, but you know what, seeing “First world problem” does not make me more sympathetic to that.
Having every issue dismissed as irrelevant because i’m lucky enough to live in the first world is irritating and insulting.
(not that anyone here has done this to *me* perse, but I’ve seen it around here a lot lately).
Feel free to tell me that I am a cold, callous biotch.
Post # 4
@urchin: I completely agree. I can almost guarantee the people that are posting those comments are doing nothing to help second or third world problems themselves. It’s just a new way to be snarky.
Post # 6
I sometimes say that about my problems when I realize I’m being whiny but I do try to avoid saying it to others. No one really understand other people’s struggles so I just try to be sympathetic instead of telling them their problems aren’t important.
Post # 7
It’s a first world problem because that’s where we live – makes sense we would have them. You can’t measure yourself to someone else’s yardstick and feelings are still legitimate whether others are worse off or not. There will always be someone who is worse off…and better off, too.
Post # 8
@urchin: Nope. I agree with you. I wrote on the pregnancy board and got some flack because apparently my sleep (as opposed to the dog’s) isn’t that important in the first trimester and people have it way worse so I have nothing to complain about. So, essentially you can’t complain becuase someone always has it worse than you. Just like I said yesterday: apparently you can’t be happy becuase someone has it better too.
Post # 10
@petalpetal: I actually didn’t interpet it as a way to be snarky so much as a way to “jokingly” rub how good their lives are in everyone else’s face. “all the ellipticals are taken #firstworldprobz” or whatever. Ugh, shut up.
OP: you are not cold and callous. I think it’s as immature as YOLO, personally. And if it IS cold and callous, we can live in an igloo together and roll our eyes while drinking hot cocoa.
Post # 11
I always say that so I guess I am an offender, but when I type it I mean it as if I was saying “You’re making a literal Mount Everest out of absolutely nothing”. First world problems is easier to type.
Post # 12
It depends on who is making the statement.
If someone is venting or upset about something and says that about their own situation, I see it as an acknowledgement that, in the grand scheme of things, they recognize that their concern is not in the top 10- maybe even the top 100.
If a Bee is venting and someone says that to her, it can be dismissive of her feelings, even if she does need a reality check.
Post # 13
Ironically, I’m reading another thread and that was someone’s entire comment. “First world problems…”
Post # 14
I say it about myself when there are little things that are annoying me that in the big picture aren’t such a huge deal. I would never say it to someone else though.
Post # 15
@icanhearyousmile: It’s one thing if my friend or family member says it to me, but a stranger on the internet saying it to me just sound snarky.
Post # 16
@urchin: I’m totally with you. Though I’ve never had 3rd world problems personally I’ve had my share of 1st world problems that were difficult for me (unemployment, health issues, domestic violence, etc). I know others have had it worse than I and some have had it much better and so what? I learned never to judge other people’s problems even if their problems consist of choosing between Peets and Starbucks or having a hangnail. Living in the 1st world isn’t always perfect – look at the US healthcare thread, it’s pretty scary!
I do what I can (volunteer) to help others and donate to charity but self flagellation isn’t going to make anyone’s life better.