Lockdown has spawned new raft of ‘first world problems’ such as running out of tea

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A study of 2,000 adults found many gripes are now influenced by having to work from home, particularly those with kids before the schools were reopened. Domestic issues now seeping into the ‘working day’ include running out of clean tracksuit bottoms, replacing the toilet roll because ‘no one else has’, and next day deliveries failing to arrive.

Figuring out what to eat, actually making sure you eat three times a day, waking up and not being sure what day it is and running out of milk and tea bags are also plaguing the nation.

Jack Pruce, for Vision Direct, which commissioned the research, said: “Working from home and leading more restricted lives means a lot is riding on the little things – so it’s extra-annoying when they don’t come easy.

“Of course, many of these problems are somewhat tongue in cheek issues we’re all familiar with – however some of them could lead to issues, such as headaches, eye fatigue from increased screen time or even stress.

“While we like to have something to complain about, some of these problems have very simple fixes, like popping in your contact lenses when you go to the shops so you don’t have to worry about foggy glasses.”

Takeaways taking too long to be delivered, streaming services taking too long to load and having to load the dishwasher more than usual were also first world gripes to irritate Brits.

But more than eight in 10 (81 percent) reckon people in Britain like to have something to moan about, while 58 percent believe we’ve lost perspective on what’s important as a nation.

Brits will experience common first world problems five times a week, with nearly one in five claiming this is the case up to 10 times per week.

While 30 percent said such problems make them feel miserable, 43 percent find it therapeutic to vocalise their displeasure when these issues arise.

Almost half of adults (46 percent) admit they’ve been moaning more about the small things since the start of all the lockdowns – and a third don’t think they’ve got anything other better to do than grumble.

Brits also find themselves whining about trivial things three times a day according to the findings via OnePoll.

Yet 61 percent feel guilty about their moaning, while 68percent find themselves having to stop themselves grumbling about unimportant things when they realise they’re doing it.

But 42 percent secretly enjoy having a little grumble to others, with 65 percent finding it helps to get such everyday problems off their chest.

Nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) think it’s only human to get caught up with silly little issues, even if there are much more serious things going on in the world.

Although 61 percent admit they’ve allowed themselves to get caught up in the seriousness of the real-world problems faced at the moment as 88 percent consume the latest news.

It also emerged 72 percent often feel anxious or downhearted about events taking place in the world.

To find out if you’re the type to have a grumble and a groan about ‘first world problems’ take this quiz.

Jack Pruce for Vision Direct added: “Often, these types of gripes and moans are what get many through the day.

“But it’s worth remembering that even the smallest changes can have a positive effect on our day – such as resting our eyes from the computer or laughing about silly things that can uplift our mood.”


1.       Bad weather when you want to go for your daily walk

2.       Glasses fogging up when wearing a mask

3.       Not being able to hear what people are saying properly when they’re talking to you in a mask

4.       Tea going cold

5.       Waking up and not being sure what day it is

6.       Next day delivery not arriving the next day

7.       No one replacing the toilet roll when it is finished

8.       Figuring out what to eat (and making sure you do so three times a day)

9.       A wardrobe full of clothes you can’t wear

10.   Running out of milk or teabags

11.   Your takeaway takes too long to be delivered

12.   Netflix / online streaming freezing or taking ages to load

13.   Feeling lost after finishing an online series

14.   Losing broadband during a video call

15.   Having to package up and return clothes you bought online and don’t want

16.   Having to stack the dishwasher / wash up more often than usual

17.   Not having anything at home for lunch

18.   Something doesn’t arrive in the online food shop so you have to visit the supermarket

19.   Running out of toilet paper

20.   Having bad hair roots

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