Saturday, 4 December 2010
Yet another Awareness Status has hit Facebook today:
"Change your facebook profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same, for the NSPCC. Until Monday (December 6th), there should be no human faces on facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is a campaign to stop violence against children".
or, variation on the theme:
"Change your profile pic to a cartoon from your childhood. the Goal?...not to see a human face on FB until Monday Dec 6 and be surrounded by only your best childhood memories. Show your support in the fight against Child Abuse and copy and paste to your status. Invite your friends to...do the same!"
Most people know about the NSPCC (for non-Brits, that is National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and are aware that violence against children exists, and yes 99.9% of the population are in support of stopping it.
What I fail to understand is what doing this on Facebook is going to achieve, it's not as though anyone is suggesting supporting the NSPCC with funds to carry on their good work.
On two of my friends' pages I asked "How is this going to help prevent violence against children?"
One reply was : "Who knows? but good excuse to relive our childhood!", another was "harmless fun :). Now go pop one of those 'happy pills' and smile :)"
So why not just say "Let's all change our profile pictures to a childhood cartoon for a bit of fun", instead of wrapping it up with some altruistic motive.
What is the psychology behind the fact that 90% of my friends who are regularly on Facebook have changed their profile pic to a cartoon, with or without the text?
1) Do they really believe that it is going to have an effect on - well anything really? other than making themselves feel good. Personally all it made me think of was cartoons.
2) Do they think that if they don't follow the herd people will think they are a bad person?
3) Do they just automatically copy/paste without even thinking about it? Are those who did the picture without the text being more honest... but what.was.the.point.?
Probably a mixture of the above.
I have just posted my status as "Juniper thinks people would help more by going to http://www.nspccwishes.org.uk/"
No doubt somebody will tell me I need to develop a sense of humour.