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foxboyprower

First world problems

You've probably heard the phrase "first world problems" used. One person will complain about something similar to "Most of the new movies out are sequels are remakes" and another will respond, "First world problems".
This is a lighthearted way to put things in perspective. I think that some people use this phrase the wrong way. I've seen responses from some along the lines of "First world problems. Stop complaining". This seems to me faulty reasoning. In short this implies that while there are nations in poverty, the first world countries should cease improvement and progress. I might be inferring too much, but I don't like it  when the phrase is used as an attempt to stifle complaints.
If you read my journals, you know I don't take first world problems lightly. Most of the issues I feel strongly about are first world problems. I complain about urban sprawl, double standards, and semantics. Solving these problems is a good thing and don't think it should be slowed just because unfortunate nations exist.
I think third world countries should be helped, however I don't think "first world problems" should be used past a humorous way to look at things in perspective.
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Added: 5 years, 8 months ago
 
Stumpycoon
5 years, 8 months ago
I have only seen it as the "stop complaining" style, no matter the importance of the problem.  Even things like, for example, wanting US troops out of the middle east.  The excuse 'first world problems' is overused, and seems to have become a excuse for first world apathy to the problems people do have the power to address.

Or, in other words, saying "first world problems" has become synonymous with 'too hard, don't try' and even the idea trying to solve a problem is the wrong thing to do because a worse problem might exist somewhere else (where it's too distant to fix it).
foxboyprower
5 years, 8 months ago
The roosterteeth podcast occasionally uses it as a pretty good joke. I like using it that way.
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