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Do Facebook statuses raise awareness or offer pat answers to serious subjects such as depression and others?

Updated on January 7, 2013

Facebook status frequently will have a statistic attached – 93% won’t pass this on. All for generally great causes, like cancer awareness (most common), depression (another common one), Angels (lost babies) (pretty common).

A lot of things don’t get “awareness time.” I call it awareness time because it is not really going to change anything – as I myself have pointed out in a rather passionate status. Something that I had learned, prompted me to write a status the essence of this was, in Australia people who are born with diseases, ie.. MS, generally living with disabilities have little or no funding available to them. Even though the apparatus’s they require are just as expensive as somebody who comes across a disability by misfortune that has insurance money attached.

I think it is nice to see something strikes a chord with a fellow human being as it is so easy to become caught up in a self centered pity parties, or just blissful ignorance about the world around them. When every so often a 93% status is posted and for a minute we think about the struggles of somebody else.

Everybody faces struggles, and only some of those get air time. While it may not change anything, and it may have no power, it can help us feel connected.

Although I would like them better if instead of writing at the end of all of them 93% won’t repost this will you be part of the 7% that will? It is annoying and a guilt trip that nobody needs. It would be heaps nicer to see.

Daffodil, I thought about cancer patients today, I hope they make a speedy recovery.

White Ribbon – I thought of people in domestic violence situations today, I hope they get the help they need and break the cycle of violence.

Fair Trade is for People.

Depression isn’t a sign of weakness it’s a sign that you have been strong for far to long (that is a status – I like that one)

I changed my picture to a cartoon character for those who loose their childhoods in all manners of abuses, I will invade facebook with memories.

I don’t understand the wars, I hope for peace, and I hope we can all learn to treat others with respect

FGM, Thank God, I will never know the real definition, and it is a travesty to women anywhere who do know what this means, I hope that they find solace.

When I say "you almost gave me a heart attack" rarely my heart changes at all, although people who live with Anxiety really do experience "heart attack symptoms".

Christmas is supposed to be such a happy time, is there a way to help those who are lonely?

I think sometimes we forget what Human Rights are, how I am as just as deserving as you are.


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    • Abbasangel profile image

      Abbasangel 7 years ago from Australia - The land down under

      Thanks Davorunner. I like long comments! I like reading them anyway!! :) I am glad you found some common ground here! :)

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      Davorunner 7 years ago from Australia

      You are dead right about striking a chord with another fellow human being, and feeling connected. I do like the more positive spin you have put on these.

      The thins I've come to notice with people is that a lot of them genuinely DO want to help, but they feel there is no adequate way of being able to do so. If a means for them to help comes up that they can actually feel a part of, and that they can make a difference they generally will.

      So often these well deserving organisations get bad publicity, or that they come across to people in a way that makes them take a step back. If we found a better way, like this I'm sure people would jump on board.

      My favourites are the Christmas one and war one. Christmas because we get so wrapped up in family gatherings etc it's easy to forget a lot of people don't have anyone to spend with at this time, and the happiness we feel gets turned inot increased sadness and helplessness for them.

      The war one because it shows that we who have not known the horrors of war will never understand what it's like, but we can still desire peace and want to make a change somewhere.

      Once again sorry for the long comment, but It really hit a chord with me.