First World Problems
May 15, 2012 at 6:40 am #22511
What insignificant problem in your comfortable life has ruined your day?
I’ll start, my Diablo 3 preorder is delayed by at least couple of days, Thursday is holiday so no mail then and if Thursday delays the order coming in on the shop it may take till next week for me to get it. Sulk sad. 🙁May 15, 2012 at 7:23 am #22516
I would have to say that my comp dying is rather insignificant in the long run but a complete pain in my side. I tried to fire it up last night to watch some more Ghost Hunt and absolutely nothing happened. No power. No blinking lights. No whirling fans…. I will have to hook up my rather unreliable lap top to the TV to do anything till I can trouble shoot the problem.May 15, 2012 at 10:08 am #22525
I had to sell my project car before I moved to start a new job. All I have left is the turbo and fuel injection system. The racing wheels I imported for it are in my friend’s garage back in Florida because it was inconvenient to store them in my new apartment.May 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm #22528
My laptops fan has been fried, and now I’m having to wait for an unofficial replacement to arrive from China.
Not that Hex. Yet.May 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm #22529
HA! I live in Third World country. All my complaints are therefore legitimized! YES!
I can’t find a certain, old version of MS Paint which I feel more comfortable with, and I have been bestowed with the task of designing a dungeon for a friend.
The FishwatcherMay 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm #22531
Wait.. There is more than 1 version of MS Paint?May 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm #22532
I wanted to make myself a smoked salmon sandwich for lunch but when I got the cream cheese out of the fridge, I realized someone put the box back in even after emptying it. There ain’t a smoked salmon sandwich without cream cheese.
All the fun parts of life are optional.May 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm #22535
Paint.Net is the only thing you need anyway, There were a couple of changes from XP to Vista, if I recall correctly.
I have to get up at 6am tomorrow to catch a bus…oh wait, that’s every day. Woe is me.
Not that Hex. Yet.May 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm #22550
I really don’t like the term “first world problem”. Insignificant problems, often related to technology, still exist beyond the first world; and the generalisation doesn’t help the third world in any way.
~Roy42May 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm #22551
I happen to agree with Frozen. What’s more is that it marginalizes legitimate troubles that one can experience in the First World but is less likely to occur elsewhere. Most people would agree, for example, that having your computer crap out on you is a “First World Problem” (Though even that’s probably not as true as most people think) however I know for a fact that if it were to happen to myself or a large number of people I know, we would be royally fracked. Without my computer I can’t do schoolwork, I can’t look for work, I can’t pay all my bills and, yes, I can’t most of my hobbies either.
More to the point, a problem will cause stress and troubles for any person (that’s why it’s called a problem). Brushing off THAT because someone, somewhere out there in the world has a more basic set of issues to deal with not only implies that you don’t have a right to be upset about it, but can actually cause MORE issues because of that implication (Both by creating stress over being stressed and as the natural consequence of giving an idiot any dangerous assumption).
Guess who, it's Kaosubaloo!May 16, 2012 at 1:49 am #22573
Guys, it would be major bummer to write “Insignificant problems among healthy and decently wealthy inhabitants of first world country, obviously including the many well-to-do second and third world countries that have reached the economic status to worry about their new games instead of matters of actual basic health.”.
“First world” in modern times is nonsensical classification anyway, Finland is a first world country, Russia is a second world country, and yet the standards of living for the middle class have kind of negligible difference anyway. The topic is an obvious JOKE, the concept is “your life is pretty ok, so rant about how much your minor inconveniences piss you off” (such as my Diablo 3 being late).
The term originally referred to Cold War alliances, First World countries sided with US, Second World countries with Soviet Union, Third World countries were neutral. That’s hardly a useful classification to take seriously in modern times.May 16, 2012 at 2:02 am #22576
@m I actually knew that the term originated from something like that but couldn’t for the life of me remember the specifics. Otherwise I’d have brought it up in my mini-rant.
Aside from that, honestly, this is something that has been bugging me a bit since I first heard the fracking phrase. I have been want for a mini-rant for a while now, and it ended up coming out here.
Guess who, it's Kaosubaloo!May 16, 2012 at 2:09 am #22578
Well, sure, its a shitty term, that’s sort of the point. Technically you’re absolutely right with your rant. The fact the original term “First World” changes meaning doesn’t help either: Finland sides with US -> first world country, Finland was piss poor -> third world country (never officially classified as such but I’ve seen the term used in few places), Finland is rich now -> first world country.
I think we can allow some inaccuracies for the sake of satire, so I’m still cool with the topic naming. However, if you have a legitimate problem and you live in first world country then its not what we’re after on this topic, incidentally, if you live in a so called third world country and your new windows 7 gaming laptop comes with a shitty variant of ms paint that’s just perfect for our purposes.May 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm #22592
Shush, you guys. Let me feel morally superior just once in my life.
I was trying to close a bank account, but I had to empty it first, and I couldn’t withdraw cents from an ATM. So I had to go all the way to the bank and wait in line for almost two hours to withdraw 32 cents.
The FishwatcherMay 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm #22595
Yesterday I got in a virtual argument with people I don’t know IRL on Hex’s Facebook wall over a tumblr post that was using 20 year old Tupac lyrics to prove that Rap music was not trite and depth-less. I thought of a witty allegory to show that using edge cases was not representative of the whole, but today I thought of an even better one and now I don’t want to go back and post it there because whatever.
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