More Action, Less Posting – Why your status won’t change the world.

 

You know that age old saying, “Actions speak louder than words”?

I don’t think it could be more true or more pertinent than in this day and age.

More action, Less Posting

Recently, I’ve become inundated with society’s need to use status bars as the primary method of issuing stances on topics such as politics, religion, and/or current events. In the age of social media, it seems everyone is a critic or social commentator of sorts writing an op-ed.

Let me be clear- there is absolutely nothing wrong with having an opinion and/or conviction and feeling inclined to share it. Words are powerful. (I am a writer after all, hence this article). Words are a tool by which people can convey sentiments, thoughts, and opinions in an impactful way that also create lasting memories. Words are important. But so are actions.

If you want to take a stand for something, by all means, TAKE that stand. But literally, get up and off of the computer, and take an actionable stand with your body and mind (not just your fingertips in 140 characters or less).

What good ever came from getting into a debate via a Facebook thread? I’m telling you right now, whatever issue the argument stemmed from, it is not going to get resolved through your back-and-forth notifications.

Instead, try volunteering for your cause, attend a community discussion forum on issues you’re concerned about, submit an actual opinion piece to your local newspaper that requires research and thought, or simply turn off your device and think of ways in which you can be a real advocate for your ideals.

We all want to be heard- it’s human nature. If we feel strongly about something chances are we want to convey those sentiments, especially in this generation of virtual  “sharing.” Social media is a great way to disseminate information quickly and efficiently. It’s also a system that gives rise to complacency, because if we let people know we support/oppose something, we sometimes feel as if we have done enough. (I myself am completely guilty of this on occasion).

I’m committing myself to more action and less posting.

Imagine if people were as raptly inclined to go out into the community and take action, as they are to post about what’s in their hearts and on their minds.

Your status won’t change the world, but you can.

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  • I LOVE this and I hope everyone follows this advice. If only so I can avoid reading more ridiculous Facebook debates.

    • Latisha

      Shannon, that was the partial inspiration for this post. Posting a Facebook status does not make you an activist haha.

  • Great post. I used to work for a cancer charity and slacktivism drove us mad. “No I can’t volunteer/donate/chat/do anything – besides I have a pink/orange/white/blue ribbon and a status notification on my social media so I’m supporting you already”. By all means have those things – they’re great for getting the word out and making sure people are entering sensible and healthy dialogue (I know, I know – but a girl can dream) – but actually DO something if you really do want change. It doesn’t have to be money – time and effort are even more helpful.

  • Shann Eva

    Love this. I don’t really share my opinion on social media when it comes to controversial or even popular topics. I don’t see the need to get into a debate with someone I’ve never met or where my words can be misconstrued. I love your plan about more action. I’m all about that!

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    I too stay out of it because tone can never be fully understood through typing on social media. A john Meyer song says “no one ever changed their mind from paint on a sign” Actual action is the only way to make it happen so I love that you wrote “get out from behind your computer”

  • Ann

    So true! I made a conscious decision to become more active in my community instead of posting about my community. I still remember the way things were when everyone actually knew you not just your virtual self.

  • Amen! I think even just researching more about a topic you’re passionate about is a good way to take a stand. Too many people just believe what they are told instead of finding it out for themselves. I think that would be a great start!