Recently, this Tweet popped up on my Twitter feed:
I no longer follow the person, because that person is not actually having a real issue. One of my big pet peeves is when people misuse the words 'literally' and 'actually'.
Here is a quick lesson on the usage of these words:
- Yes, you may be hungry, but no, you can not literally eat a cow.
- No, you will not actually die if you get to meet Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn, or whatever One Jonas Direction Brother is popular this week.
- Yes, your grandfather is old, but he is not literally two hundred years old.
- No, I am not figuratively bothered by the abuse and misuse of these words, I'm actually bothered by them.
See the difference? And that is the core of what bothers me about #FirstWorldProblems - they are not problems. Just like you couldn't literally eat a cow, not being able to get wi-fi in your basement is not a true problem. An inconvenience? Yes. Annoying? Of course. A real problem? No.
For the sake of Twitter, hashtags, and our entire generation; please stop using this stupid hashtag. When you do this you are embarrassing yourself, making America look like a country full of whiny and entitled people, and you are making light of a situation overseas that is a serious problem.
Take a look at the video below, and if you still use that hashtag after viewing it I don't know what else to say to you other than I literally don't want to be your friend. Although, if you decide to donate to the Water Is Life, the organization that created the video, then I could probably make an exception.
Sorry for the rant, but it literally had to be said.