Unless You're Actually Donating Money, Stop Pouring Buckets Of Ice On Your Head
The Ice Bucket challenge is sweeping both the nation and Facebook by storm. My first thoughts, along with many others, were: I swear to f*cking God if I see one more person dump a bucket of ice water on his head without donating money, I'm deleting my Facebook.
(Just kidding because that's my job — but you get the gist.)
When the trend first began, the motives behind people's reasoning seemed far from charitable. Participants seemingly capitalized on what was supposed to be a benevolent social media movement, by begging for attention in any way possible.
GIF: Penn State's offensive line and @CoachHand take the #IceBucketChallenge http://t.co/gywnBGkvnY — Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) August 12, 2014
But after a week or so, small cries for attention appeared to turn into a massively selfish superficial online stunt. But people started recognizing this, realizing the act of simply dumping ice on their heads wasn't helping to accumulate any funds.
As a result, people began to donate in addition to dumping water on their heads -- or simply just donating.
But despite the reasoning behind why anyone and everyone is doing this, one thing remains clear: the Ice Bucket challenge has led to a 1,000 percent spike in donations to the ALS association.
To the people who have finally realized the ridiculousness of this and are simply donating, well hats off to you because that's what the cause is all about.
The actual dumping of the ice buckets was to gain traction and get the movement going, but guess what? According to your news feed, as well as mine, the movement has definitely taken off.
To the people who just think this is some sort of game, it goes far deeper than that, but the ALS thanks you for keeping its purpose on the forefront of people's minds.
I just have one question for everyone participating:
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