I was going to write a good introduction to this article, but my fingers hurt from eating too much sushi with chopsticks. Statements like these are a hallmark of the first-world problems meme, which features the complaints of entitled people complaining about everyday occurrences. Now the Middle-Class Problems Twitter account has taken to re-tweeting real-life comments from people who have had it up to here with their iPhones, house cleaners, and grass-fed organic fair-trade hot dogs. Their cleaners are late, their massages are all wrong, their bechamel is runny, and they‘re not going to take the injustice anymore.
Some of us love to hate first-world problem memes because they’re an example of the first world’s decadence and sense of entitlement. Some of us like them because we sometimes find ourselves guilty of complaining about the same inconsequential problems. Whatever’s the case for you, we’re sure that you will enjoy reading these tweets from people struggling with the difficulties and stresses of first-world life.
The purpose of this video is to provide a stark and unflinching view of issues affecting the lives of people living without clean water. One in five children under the age of five dies every 21 seconds from waterborne illnesses. Also, one in six people on the planet does not have access to clean water. These statistics are scary, but definitely frame the sheer insignificance of we what we consider in the first world, as problems.