I’m ready to make a declarative statement: One of my favorite things on the interwebs are First World Problems – few trends blend humor with social commentary so perfectly. Of course, you don’t need the internet to rip someone when they complain about their over-privileged existence, but social media has really taken the phrase and made it indelible.
If you are unfamiliar with the whole First World Problem thing, it is basically any statement that makes you seem out of touch with the real problems of the underprivileged. Urban dictionary says that they are “problems from living in a wealthy, industrialized nation that third worlders would probably roll their eyes at.”
For instance, “Dammit, my iPhone has the weakest battery life ever” would be a first world problem. It would be fun to think of these all day, but I’m sure most of you are familiar with First World Problems, so I’ll move on.
First World Problems have had an enduring internet presence for years. Maybe not as important on the interwebs as bacon, but close. First World Problems has a popular tumblr blog, a featured Reddit thread, and a Lamebook-like collection of social media First World Problems site called White Wine. The latter, of course, is a little less politically correct term for the trend.
However, the place where First World Problems is really a star is on Twitter. The hashtag #firstworldproblems will see about 20-40 new tweets roll in every few minutes.
And the best part about the trend is that it is perfect self-deprecating humor. People are aware that their lives are easy compared to the less fortunate. Sure, the joke is a little insensitive, but it’s always damn funny. Here are some of the current complaints from the advantaged masses –
Today, this video is making the rounds. It was uploaded by YouTube user funnyz, who is a 17-year-old kid named Zach who calls himself a parody maker.
It’s pretty funny. Check it out –