30 of your first world problems

PUBLISHED: 16:26 17 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:31 03 March 2014

They are the minor inconveniences that can ruin a few minutes of every day but that – if we’re honest – never herald the end of the world and are pathetic small-fry when compared to people living genuinely difficult lives. Stacia Briggs looks at first world problems, and wants to know what yours are.

Paid survey website OnePoll carried out a study of 2,000 adults aged between 18 and 65, all of whom were asked to name their own first world problem and there are some real corkers on the list:


• It’s boiling hot outside but freezing in the air-conditioned office

• A disappointing air freshener

• My wallet won’t close because there’s too much money in it

• I bought a dishwasher and now spend longer packing and unpacking it than I did washing up

• Stepping on something wet while wearing socks

• No semi-skimmed milk in the supermarket, just full fat

• Earphones getting tangled up in your bag

• Chipped nail varnish

• Warm Pimms

• Wanting another car, but not having room on the driveway

• The shop not stocking a coke bottle with your name on

• Spotting someone wearing the same outfit as you

• Remote control batteries running out

• Forgetting your phone charger

• Having to go to the Post Office to collect a parcel


Here are just 30 of your first world problems: 30 of your #Firstworldproblems

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