Hey, you got a Facebook? Of course you do, everyone does. Are you one of those people who goes to those pages, and like virtually every little saying that comes into contact with you?
Just because you feel it in some way relates to you, you have to be apart of it? Yeah, that happens a lot on Facebook. As some may have noticed, there have been multiple instances where some fad on Facebook catches a gust of wind and people get swept up in it. However, most of these fads are for good reason. They’re often to spread awareness or to fight against some disease or sickness. If you’ve been actively keeping track in my blog, you would have noticed that December 1st was World Aids Day, and I even made a post about it. Before that women were saying posting statuses saying where they “like it” to raise breast cancer awareness, and last year, they were giving the color of their bra for the same thing. Well now there is a new Facebook fad sweeping through your news feed.
Everyone is changing their picture to that of a childhood cartoon. Why you may ask? Well, after the picture change has been made, it’s usually followed by a status update that reads something similar to:
“ Change your FB profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood. The goal? To not see a human face on FB until Monday, December 6th. Join the fight against child abuse, copy & paste to your status and invite your friends to do the same“.
So, some how, someway, this is fighting child abuse? I mean, with the breast cancer one, they were just raising awareness. Heck, even with World AIDS day, Starbucks made a video, and for every time it was watched, they donated 5cents to the Global AIDS fund. But changing our display pictures will fight child abuse? I just don’t believe it. I mean, if some credible organization went and publicly announced something like “For every display picture we come across, we’ll donate money to abused children” or something like that, then sure, that makes sense. But no, in actuality, in the beginning these pictures had NOTHING to do with child abuse.
The internet. What do we know about it? It’s frickin’ huge, that’s what. Things travel from place to place, land and sea, and combined with human error, messages get misconstrued. The whole “Change Your Profile Picture to a Cartoon” thing originated in Greece and Cyprus this past November. One of the original messages (in Greek) roughly translates into this:
“From the 16th to the 20th of November, we shall change our profile pictures to our favourite cartoon characters. The purpose of this game is to remove all photos of human for a few days from Facebook“.
So, to sum it up for those who don’t completely understand, this “game” originally started in Greece, but somewhere along the lines got moved to the U.S. and someone just slapped “fight child abuse” on the end of it, most likely to help it gain momentum. The original post about this can found on the website “Know Your Meme”, right here.
With all that being said, I doubt anyone will really shy away from it, even if they do read this post. However, I saw a variation of the message that said “from December 1st to December 31st”. I’m really hoping it doesn’t last that long. Oh, and am I doing this questionable little fad? Well…