Have you ever gone on social media to support a cause by either liking a page or donating money? Did you feel like you did something good to make the world a bit of a better place or help someone in need just by a push of a button? If you answered yes to these questions you fall into the category of what people now a day’s call “Slacktivism”. Slacktivism is a term that combines the words "slacker" and "activism" to refer to simple measures used to support an issue or social cause involving no effort on the part of participants. Slacktivism is commonly associated with actions like reposting social networks, joining cause related social networking groups, or signing online petitions.
People would argue that being a Slacktivism you’re not actually supporting anything or making changes when you’re not in real life participating in an event. You could donate money to a charity and still be called a slacktivism because you did not march down the street, make food for the homeless or interacting with people face to face. But have people ever thought about how not everyone has time to participate in many activities? People have busy schedules and although they may not have time to be there in person, some may donate money and help financially or spread a message that can get others involved who actually have the time. Through the internet everyone can see everything and although maybe they might not be able to donate because of their financial situation they can still support the cause by singing petitions and spreading the word. Heidi Schlumpf states “When I was unmarried and child-free, I used to protest at school of the Americas, even risking arrest. My sister, home with three children, baked me cookies for the trip. Now that I have two toddlers, I bake cookies, write checks and click “like.”(596). She couldn’t of made that any more clear. It just goes to show how people don’t have all the time in the world to show support in a cause especially when you have too many things going on and are a responsible adult but still manage to find a way to help in any way possible.
There was an earthquake in Mexico not too long ago. I have family members who lost everything, their car, house, even loved ones. I couldn’t imagine the pain and suffering everyone was going through. There were people who were under buildings who needed help. You could see on the news how much the community was helping out and were a huge help to saving lives. I thought to myself, how can I help? I couldn’t just book a flight and fly out to Mexico. I have responsibilities here at home but I knew I wanted to help in any way I could. I donated money to the Red Cross foundation and...