Today I was listening in the car to my local radio station and had a laugh. The lighter topic of the morning was about ‘first world problems’. Now if you have not heard of this concept before here’s a quick snapshot. Such problems are those that can occur in developed societies, cultures and countries with high standards of living. First world societies can afford non essentials, luxuries, conveniences. When looked at objectively in the bigger context of including the problems of those in both second and third world societies, a ‘first world problem’ can then appear trivial and not worth complaining about. In other words the phrase is used to give someone a bit of perspective.
Examples abound. The one being shared on the radio to start the conversation was about how an ill fitted cup lid affected the radio hosts ability to drink her coffee. Others followed. I liked the one about an app not downloading fast enough on one’s smartphone.