First World problem

For the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "First World Problems", see Mandatory Fun.
For the MC Frontalot song "First World Problem", see Zero Day (album).

First World problem is a slang term used to refer to issues in First World nations that are complained about only because of the absence of more pressing concerns.[1] The term was added to the Oxford Dictionary Online in November 2012,[2] and to the Macquarie Dictionary Online in December 2012.[3]

The term "First World problem" first appeared in 1979 in G.K. Payne's work Built Environment,[4] but gained recognition as an internet meme beginning in 2005, particularly on social networking sites like Twitter (where it became a popular hashtag).[5][6] The term is used to minimize complaints about trivial issues by shaming the complainer,[7] or as good-humored self-deprecation.[4] UNICEF NZ conducted a survey of First World problems in New Zealand, finding slow web access to be the most common.[8]

Relative privation

It can be an example of a red herring fallacy that of the fallacy of relative privation.


See also


  1. Hardy, Quentin (18 May 2012). "Eduardo Saverin's Billionaire Blues". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  2. "First World problem definition". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. "Word of the Year 2014". Macquarie Dictionary Online. Macquarie Dictionary.
  4. 1 2 "First World (Special uses)". Oxford English Dictionary Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  5. López, Tracy (11 July 2012). "How acknowledging your "First World problems" can make you happier". Voxxi. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  6. Steinmetz, Katy (20 November 2012). "Oxford Dictionaries adds 'deets', '4G' and 'First World problems'". Time. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  7. Glover, Richard (24 November 2012). "As the First World turns". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Harper, Paul (8 October 2012). "Kiwis complain about 'First World problems'". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  9. Sum, Eliza (28 July 2016). ""Battery anxiety" making smartphone users miss meetings, dates and jeopardise relationships". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 3 October 2016.

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