General information: ‘Desktop multi-application spiralling circle of hell syndrome’ is a zombie-like, depressed state reached during ‘leisure time’ spent staring at a computer screen with many different applications and numerous web pages open at once, over a prolonged period.
The victim’s concentration span declines to 20-second bursts, and the pointer on their mouse roams listlessly, without aim, around and around the desktop, clicking on applications (for example: Twitter, email, iChat, Safari, Spotify, iCal), never quite dealing with anything and moving on.
A typical spiral might see the victim skim-reading news pages, clicking on blog links, editing email boxes, refreshing message-board chats, typing Twitter responses, servicing a Skype chat, before repeating the pattern, over and over again, with a growing state of anxiety about life. Standing up and leaving the computer screen becomes not only impossible but futile, as ‘in the spiral’ the real world seems a very hectic and scary place.
This syndrome is abundant in home-workers, freelances, students and any other profession with a blurred concept of work time and leisure time. Although the spiral occurs in ‘leisure time’, it has no restorative or relaxing properties, despite the victim vehemently claiming that it does.
During an attack, the victim might look up from his/her screen, one hand clamped over their flickering migraine-stricken eye, resembling a toddler imitating a pirate, and grunt, ‘No, I’m fine, I don’t need fresh air. I’m doing THIS!’ On being questioned as to what they are actually ‘doing’, the victim will find this almost impossible to clarify."
— How to Leave Twitter: My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop by Grace Dent
This times a million, plus the fact that everyone talking about “first world problems” is bragging about them.
“First World Problems’ and “Trigger Warning” are the two most annoying phrases on the internet.
While I kind of see the point, every time I see the phrase “first world problems” I always see it as a joke, as a reprimand to oneself for getting upset over trivial things. I really don’t see why people find it offensive. And I grew up in a place that can be considered third world.
Yeah, it’s supposed to be a joke, not people actually “bragging” about their “first world problems”…or even complaining about them. I say it occasionally but not often…but when I do it’s never to whine about what kind of noodles to buy. It’s always jokey…I for one know a lot about the “third world”…enough to know that the term is connected to socioeconomics of a country as a whole but that many in these “third world” countries are as connected as we in the US are. What’s more annoying is “white people problems”…still meant to be a joke, but if you’re taking offense with “first world problems” I’d think you should maybe focus on the MORE offensive “white people problems” which basically says the only people who are well-off enough to be bothered by trivial annoyances are white people.
— Racialised Education in Singapore by Michael D. Barr