You know, I started writing this whole rant about all of the the things that annoy me on FB, but then I realized they were all based around one thing.
All of the politics spouting, the starving infant photos, the “like if you are against animal abuse!” images, the “post this to your wall if you know someone who has died of cancer” posts- they all irritate the living daylights out of me. At first I was trying to explain why each one is annoying, but they all boil down to one thing. I feel that “liking” a picture, or sharing a post about cancer makes people feel they’ve done something, that they’ve cared, without *actually* doing or caring about anything.
I’d so much rather see someone volunteer for that political party, donate to feeding hungry children, spend time at a local shelter, or donate to cancer research than just talk about it on FB. I think those sorts of ways to “support” causes are superficial, short lived, and impotent. Its a passive way of caring that is easy but not functional.
Maybe its because I work for a non-profit and I can tell you that sharing a picture of a starving family on FB isn’t going to help us feed the poor that show up at our doorstep. We struggle every day to make ends meet so that we can help as many people as possible. If each of those FB actions was even just $.25, we’d be so much better off- and so would those we serve.
I want to see more Active Caring.