Has social media influenced how you react to people in need?
Talking recently with my aunt, she told me that it is a shame that there is so much wrong with the world that she does not feel she can trust anyone outside of her nearby community. She feels panhandlers are most likely con-artists, charitable organization all are corrupt etc. Looking back over the past several years I have noticed a change in the way my aunt views the world. Do you think social media is changing how we view the world, or is not so much changing how we view the world but merely reporting what is going on; or solidifying what we think?
It has led to people begging online such as "pay for our wedding" and "pay my loans" along with "pay our kids' medical bills" - as well as led to many scammers setting up fake pages saying it is for a kid's medical bills or X charitable cause. So we can't rely on online requests for money being legitimate.
Another bad result of social media on charity is virtue signalling. Everyone "likes" the charity page, puts the icon for X cause on their Facebook page, Tweets the hash tag. But the social media outreach feels like doing something - so they don't DO anything beyond that. I saw several news reports on charities saying like us, but saw NO increase in donations despite successful social media shares/tweets/likes. Or the hash tag "bring back our girls" went viral - but no one did anything to rescue the girls taken by Boko Haram for months, and that was local military, not Westerners sharing it on social media.
End result - it looks good and feels good to share on social media for charitable causes but fails to DO any good, which makes it bad.
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