Posting world events on your story does not fix them
Gen-Z seems to be the most in touch generation when it comes to the goings-on around the world. With the push of a button, we have access to all of the day’s headlines. We are more in tune with the world around us than ever before, but instead of that making us more knowledgeable, it has made us lazy.
The very fact that clickbait exists is proof of this. We have gotten into the habit of re-posting everything we see in the hopes of looking politically savvy. Contrary to popular belief, sharing a post on your Instagram story does not solve the problem. If anything, it makes you feel like you did something good by sharing it and now you don’t have to take any real initiative to help. In most cases, re-posting does nothing except make you look good. But in other cases it actually makes things worse.
For example, the Australian fires. The word was being spread via re-posts on our stories, so at that point the public is aware of the situation but still no one is doing anything. But then it became much worse. Scammers caught on to our tendencies of not fact checking and they took advantage. Several accounts have been exposed for profiting off the fires. Remember all the posts, claiming to donate 1 dollar for each like and re-post? Many of them have been exposed for using this tragedy for their own gain and not being affiliated with any actual organization and putting the money into their own pockets.
Therefore, the next time you want to do something for a good cause, check your facts and your own motivations before you re-post.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 08 on January 29th, 2020