First World Problems: 14 Cringe-Worthy Complaints

Social media has given us a voice we never could have imagined 20 years ago. We can easily share content online, free — from inspiring images to our grandest hopes for the world.

We can also use the social platform to whine like the spoiled brats we sometime are.

That’s where Tumblr blog White Whine comes in. It offers a user-generated collection of “first world problems,” in which rich Westerners are called out for complaining about “issues” many around the world would love to have to endure.

We asked White Whine creator and curator Streeter Seidell why it’s so compelling to read the petty complaints of the privileged.

“I love ‘white whines’ or ‘first world problems’ because they illustrate just how well we’re doing as a society,” says Seidell. “When the archeologists dig down into the ruins of our culture 10,000 years from now, someone complaining that their coffee was too hot will really give them a good perspective of how pampered a lot of us were.”

We asked Seidell to highlight and comment on his best White Whine submissions (or “worst,” depending on your perspective). You can find his (occasionally NSFW) choices in the gallery below.


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“Celebrities are great at complaining about their fabulous lives, but Frankie Muniz ends this first world tweet with ‘ugh,’ so it’s an instant favorite of mine.”


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“This is great because it shows how the next generation of White Whiners are created.”


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“I got a lot of heat when I posted this from people claiming that it wasn’t funny. Maybe not, but it is an extremely first world problem.”


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“This is one of those instances where someone is using any excuse to show the world that they own something extremely expensive.”


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“I love this one because it’s so genuine. This person really does spend $42 a week on berries and avocados.”


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“SunChips bags being too loud is super White Whiney, but then you see the news that isn’t getting reported because we need to talk about SunChips, and suddenly you lose faith in humanity.”


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“Tesselate means to ’tile’ the cheese so it fills up the bread. This person must be the biggest Subway fan of all time.”


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“The disaster he’s angry about is the Tsunami. So here he is, the worst person in the world.”


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“This brand of classism went out of style decades ago for the rest of us, but not this guy.”


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“Death toll: 0”


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“I love this one because it would make no sense 10 years ago. A brand new kind of White Whine!”


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“This kind of White Whine is always fun since the whiner almost certainly has no idea how obnoxious he or she sounds.”


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“Sometimes the stars align and you find yourself with a perfectly worded example of a first world problem, as is the case here.”


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“This one would be twice as good if it started with @God.”

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“Celebrities are great at complaining about their fabulous lives, but Frankie Muniz ends this first world tweet with ‘ugh,’ so it’s an instant favorite of mine.”


“This is great because it shows how the next generation of White Whiners are created.”


“I got a lot of heat when I posted this from people claiming that it wasn’t funny. Maybe not, but it is an extremely first world problem.”


“This is one of those instances where someone is using any excuse to show the world that they own something extremely expensive.”


“I love this one because it’s so genuine. This person really does spend $42 a week on berries and avocados.”


“SunChips bags being too loud is super White Whiney, but then you see the news that isn’t getting reported because we need to talk about SunChips, and suddenly you lose faith in humanity.”


“Tesselate means to ’tile’ the cheese so it fills up the bread. This person must be the biggest Subway fan of all time.”


“The disaster he’s angry about is the Tsunami. So here he is, the worst person in the world.”


“This brand of classism went out of style decades ago for the rest of us, but not this guy.”


“Death toll: 0”


“I love this one because it would make no sense 10 years ago. A brand new kind of White Whine!”


“This kind of White Whine is always fun since the whiner almost certainly has no idea how obnoxious he or she sounds.”


“Sometimes the stars align and you find yourself with a perfectly worded example of a first world problem, as is the case here.”


“This one would be twice as good if it started with @God.”