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Why Your #Firstworldproblems are Valid

There's importance in recognizing our station in life. There's value in evaluating our concerns and determining if they're fleeting or a bit premature. There is an utmost necessity in understanding what is going on around us and around the globe, and a responsibility to speak out against injustice. Sometimes, having a grasp on another's situation can help us reframe our own.

15 Canadian First World Problems

There’s plenty to be grateful for here in Canada, but we certainly do our fair share of complaining. It seems Canadians have our own set of "first world problems", or frustrations over fairly trivial...

Mental Illness Is Not a First World Problem

Those without mental health issues equate their feelings of sadness to those of someone with depression, when in reality this is like comparing a small paper cut to a broken arm. This characterization is entirely misguided however, as mental health issues are not a "First World Problem" but instead a problem which has the potential to affect all humans regardless of class, race, gender, or ethnicity.

Real-World Fixes to First-World Problems

Last month, we came clean and admitted that yes, we have First-World problems. Of course we're not alone. Aside from the #firstworldproblem ubiquity on Twitter, we've gotten plenty of unsolicited advice for this Real World Fixes column -- our attempt to insert some perspective into the trivial complaints of the privileged.

Learning to Laugh at Our First World Problems

"I hate when my leather seats aren't heated," says a grinning boy, who isn't sitting in a luxury car, but perched atop a pile of gravel outside a cinder block building with no windows. This is from a short video called The First World Problems Anthem -- a cheeky, teasing shot at us pampered First World dwellers featuring Haitians reciting a litany of complaints you're far more likely to hear at Second Cup than in a seedy slum.

First World Problems, Meet Real World Fixes

First World Problems has become a meme of such epic proportions. Your Laundromat doesn't have Wi-Fi!? The magazines in your dentist's waiting room are from last month?! This week, when "First World Problems Anthem," a video devised by a U.S.-based marketing agency for a charitable campaign, went viral, we could hardly keep up with the backlash.