If you're a regular Facebook user you have probably come across these games where users supposedly "raise awareness of breast cancer" by posting strange sounding statuses without explanation. Earlier versions included posting the colour of your bra, or the phrase "I like it..." followed by where you keep your handbag (eg. "I like it on the table"). The latest version involves posting a status chosen from a list of options including "I guess it was too good to be true, I'm pregnant, "I've just found out I've been cheated on for the past five months" and "No toilet paper. Goodbye socks!"
What do you think of these games? Are they annoying, rude or just a bit of fun? And do they actually do anything about raising awareness of breast cancer?
I "fell for" posts that were part of the latest version of this game twice today. I actually got a message about it while I was halfway through posting this question.
I'm sure people don't mean any harm with these things but I really don't like them, especially the ones with statuses where the user pretends to be pregnant when they aren't, or having relationship problems, or something else that's serious and important. When someone says they're pregnant and I'm genuinely happy for them and congratulate them it's not very nice to have them turn around and say "ha, ha! Fooled you!" It's repaying someone for caring by making them the butt of a silly joke. The same goes for where I was comiserating with them over bad news. I think the pregnancy ones are the worst though because you never know if people you know are maybe desperately trying for a baby themselves. For someone who is it might feel like a bit of a slap in the face to have a friend casually joke about it. It also makes people a lot less likely to take genuine posts seriously.
None of this stuff seems to have anything whatsoever to do with breast cancer. If you want to raise awareness of breast cancer it would seem more logical to just post about breast cancer.
I think what I read by someone on FB about winning on a scratchie might have been something to do with that. I thought it might mean that folk should suggest it be donated to the cause. Ihave a friend whose husband had the prostate cancer op yesterday and is going in for breast cancer surgery on Wednesday. she has a pacemaker which complicates matters no end. I think she would see this campaign as a waste of time when folk could be doing something more concrete eg volunteering as support folk for cancer ward patients and those undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.