WACO, Texas (April 18, 2022) — Social media can be a tool that is beneficial in spreading awareness and educating the masses, but it also can promote complacency when people can hide behind screens and a facade that they are taking steps to make a difference.
Everyone is guilty of it, myself included. Simply clicking the “re-post” button is far too easy and allows the person to make themselves look like they are helping the cause. While I do feel it is important to re-post on your socials where people can donate, make sure you are donating as well.
Re-posting is necessary and can create awareness but ensure that you check your intentions when re-posting something and ask yourself if it is to benefit the cause or if the intentions are to make yourself look like you are making change.
There are currently 34.3 million posts under the hashtag #Ukraine on Instagram alone. If everyone that posted donated only a dollar, relief donation funds for Ukraine would be able to provide so much more.
This is similar to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement after the gruesome death of George Floyd. Social media was flooded with supportive posts and hashtags, but not everyone that posted was taking affirmative steps to help.
There are other ways to help besides financially as well, such as donating time to put together packages and serve. Money is not the only way to give back.
Social media is not the villain, but it can allow people to be complacent. Make sure you are not sitting behind the “re-post” button, but you are actively doing what you can to help.