I feel these aspects are applicable primarily to Indians, so the title! If you feel it has takers in other parts of the world too, please feel free to add so we don’t feel alone (no offense to anybody).
The comedy goes as – show us a picture of God or something that touches our emotional being and ask us to Like or Comment or Share within a few seconds or else something wrong will happen, and we would jump at it! Do you really think the world is going to come crashing down if nobody likes that pic? On the other hand, most of you won’t even share my posts on your social media accounts (because you feel they are not worth it, though I really spend a lot of time and money in bringing you the best of places from my travels).
Another of my favorite is – somebody showing somebody’s grim situation on social media and asking us to contribute in whatever way we can (bank account details are mentioned alongside; how else will you contribute from miles away?). I have seen many such pictures going viral too. The issue is most of us don’t even feel like verifying the authenticity of it and the result is many getting duped of their money.
I am not saying the world is all rosy and such content is always fake, but if we are so practical enough to not pay a very old lady begging on the roadside OR bargaining with a person who has no legs and is still trying to earn his livelihood decently by selling vegetables, why just pay thousands blindly online?
Wouldn’t you want your contribution to actually go to the needy? I am sure you would; so put in some effort to check who is really in need of your help and go ahead with them. I understand it is easy to just transfer the money if somebody can do the ground work for you, but make sure that person is reliable. Otherwise, there are many other ways to help the ones in need…just open up your heart for a start!