When the trivial inconveniences, frustrations and complaints experienced by privileged individuals in wealthy countries start trending on Twitter with hashtag #FirstWorldProblems, you probably won’t stop laughing at them. But when you watch this one-minute video of Haitian children and adults reading the everyday gripes and minor irritations first world citizens post on Twitter, you probably will experience the vast gap that exists between the ‘grievances’ of those living in over-developed societies and the daily struggles experienced by people living in under-developed countries.
According to UNICEF, lack of safe water and sanitation is the world’s single largest cause of illness. This campaign from charitable organization Water Is Life is meant to raise awareness of their efforts to provide clean drinking water in Third World countries. The video exposes the irony of the #FirstWorldProblems and attempts to eliminate rather than promote a trending hashtag. In the end, there is a simple call to action: Donate to help solve real problems.
And these are some of THE #FirstWorldProblems that aren’t really problems at all…
You know it’s cold when the Nutella is frozen #FirstWorldProblems
— Catherine Speed (@cranberry_86) February 3, 2015
— Märle (@maerlee) February 3, 2015
Yay new phone, my Nokia died in a fall last week, 7 days without a smart phone is hell. #FirstWorldProblems
— Tox (@ToxOfOz) February 3, 2015
Why do ads stream perfectly, but the actual show stops every 15 seconds to buffer? argh. #firstworldproblems
— Jeremy Villata (@_CaptainSlow) February 3, 2015
— Antti Liimatta (@Antza_2) February 3, 2015