So you’ve all seen them before, little messages that people share on Facebook, modern versions of chain letters. They usually sound something like this:
-If you like puppies, share this-
Well no. I wish they were so benign. They usually go on to say:
-If you don’t share this, you must like kicking puppies-
Some of them even pile on further:
-Most of you won’t share this (puppy kickers) but my “real” friends will-
Don’t post them.
Don’t share them.
But why? What’s wrong with puppies?
Nothing. I like puppies as much as the next guy, but you need to know when you’re being manipulated. The language in these things is extremely manipulative. The best that can come of it, is that you feel warm and fuzzy for a moment. The worst, is that you just made one of your friends feel like a callous fiend (or a puppy kicker). Worse, it groups your friends into the haves, those who get guilted too, and the have-nots, those who obviously don’t like you enough to share.
The puppy example is actually much more tame than the real thing. Most of the ones that I see, relate to things like cancer, or other real life problems that make puppy kicking look like a sport in comparison.
So now, if I decide that I don’t want to spam my friends with this stuff, I’m into cancer.
WTF? I’m really not into cancer!
But it’s just Facebook. What’s the harm?
Probably the worst thing about the whole situation, is that it gives people a false sense of doing something good. You click share, avow your hate of puppy kicking, and go on with your day as a newly minted philanthropist.
What real good was actually done? You’ve been bullied into something with no tangible result.
Do you have something against cancer? Do something real. Donate to cancer research. Say a prayer. Eat more leafy greens so you won’t get it yourself. Do something real.
Just stop with the Facebook guilt posters.