Don’t Manipulate Me!

Museum of Natural History; Photo credit: Doree Weller

Museum of Natural History; Photo credit: Doree Weller

I always feel a twinge of guilt when I ignore things like, “Share if you hate cancer!” or “Share if you want a cure for diabetes!”  Well, of course I want to rid the world of cancer, diabetes, childhood diseases, adult diseases, male pattern baldness, and everything else, but I fail to see how my sharing a status that someone else came up with helps anyone.  Do I need to share this because if I don’t, people will assume that I support people getting cancer?

I’m all about supporting my friends.  If you have something going on with you, I’ll be there for you during your fight with whatever.  If you are a writer or an artist, I’ll share your stuff if you want me to.  But some random manipulative status?  No, I’m not going to do that.  It would be like asking me to share a status that says, “Share if you think the sky is blue!”

I get it; it’s all about awareness.  But I’m inundated with so many different things that I’m no longer aware of them, and I’ll bet most other people aren’t either.  Tell me something I don’t know about it.  Tell me something I can do to help.

I don’t mind you posting things about awareness.  Post whatever you want.  It’s just the ones that say “Share if you hate *fill in the blank*” that I dislike.  I don’t mind sharing things that I think are meaningful.  I have a friend who struggled with breast cancer, and she kept a blog about the reality of living with cancer.  I shared that.  I learned so much I didn’t know about breast cancer.  She kept it real and ugly, and showed how brave and beautiful she was, especially on days when she felt neither.  Show me real.

Now, maybe I don’t understand how sharing statuses help promote awareness, and I’m always up for discussion.  If you have a different opinion, I’d love to hear it.

*Note that I purposely left religious statuses out of this.  Part of the reason for that is that someone actually posted about that today, saying that she was saved by Jesus and wants everyone else to be too, which is why she shares things about it, and is her way of praying for others.  I can live with that.

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