Help put an end to social media trends, that enable people to feel like they are doing something when in reality they are doing nothing. Copy and paste this and then draw an “X” on the back of your hand for a day, if you agree. (Note: I am being sarcastic)
People want to do nothing under the guise of doing something. Whenever I see Facebook or social media trends that tell you to copy and paste a status, buy a pair of Tom’s shoes, or mark the back of your hand for some cause, it only further validates this claim. What do these things really accomplish? Look back at the whole Kony 2012 social media movement. For a little while it was a huge success (if you consider massive amounts of Facebook posts a success), but ultimately nothing came because of it. The trend died and the problem remained. Why? Because trends, are just that, they are trends, and for the most part lack any sort of substance beyond personal gratification. I cannot tell you how many “like if you love Jesus” posts I have seen. I must not love Jesus, because I have never liked a single one. Even better are the statuses about some cause or religious nonsense that not just asks, but commands you to copy and paste as your status as well. Again, so many causes I must hate because I have never done this. Or back to the whole Tom’s shoes trend. You get to wear a hip pair of shoes and feel like you have done something for someone, and you never really did anything. A flimsy pair of shoes in a third world country is not helping anybody, but hey you get to look trendy. That is all that matters right? If you are truly passionate or concerned for a cause, do something about it, do not just fall into the trends of doing nothing under the façade of doing something. Posting a status or wearing a certain pair of shoes is not doing anything. All these methods accomplish is ensuring you can do as little as possible, with no imposition on your life, while looking as if you are actually doing something worthwhile.
“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” ― C.S. Lewis
If you want to start a trend, be a trendsetter and start one that does actually something. This post came from seeing all of the “x’s” on peoples hands, accompanied by reposts of a photo on Facebook, that was meant to raise awareness of modern slavery. WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF AWARENESS AND INFORMATION, HOW MUCH MORE DO WE NEED?! If we had one doer for every 10 informers or informed, there would be a lot more getting done, and the necessary information about it would still be able to get out. I get what the Passion people behind this trend are doing, but beyond that many of the contributors are contributing only because it is the thing to do, and the cost to them is very little. Again, they get the feeling of accomplishment without actually accomplishing anything. We should be people who should be charitable, who should be doers, in a way that takes our time, our money, even our life, people who are doing something, even if they get nothing back because of it . Our doing should not be based on what little it takes from us, but from the fact that there is a need in someone or something, and we desire to fulfill it. There is always somewhere we can do something, whether for a group of people or an individual. Let us be people who are doing something instead of doing nothing. We set the tone, the trends start with us. We cannot end the trends, but we can find ways to mend them.