Here Are the Surprising First World Problems You Should Actually Care About

You’ve seen the lists. You’ve rolled your eyes. And you’ve probably scoffed at a few of the “first world problems”people love to hate. But some of them actually have merit as real problems. Here are the top first world problemsthat actually impact our quality of life.

1. Work-life balance — or lack thereof

Reddit user Eosh pointed out that in the United States in particular, we work entirely too hard. “Myself and a lot of people I know simply don’t take vacations anymore because we have too much work to do all the time. We just accrue vacation days and never really use them.”

Time reports that in 2015, the French worked an average of 1,482 hours per year. By contrast, American workers worked about 1,790 hours, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Meanwhile, U.S. workers only get an average of 15 days off per year. The French get about 30, according to a 2015 survey from While American employees take about 73% of their allotted vacation time, German and French workers take nearly all of the vacation time they’re allowed.

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