Don’t Give in to Emotional Blackmail – Why I NEVER Add Anything to My Facebook Status for “Just an Hour”

by julie on August 8, 2014

Some days it seems as if there’s nothing in my Facebook feed other than heart-rending stories about people with cancer, war vets, children starving in devloping countries and more. If my sharing these to show my support would make one bit of difference I suppose I might. The rider “Will you share this? I know the people who will,” is, in my book, more likely to get you unfriended than to get your post shared. Many of these posts originate from organisations which I abhor and have no other purpose than to boost their visibility.

A classic example of this occurred on Wednesday this week, with a poppy post doing the rounds from Britain First – “99 per cent won’t share this”. So many people shared that link, but think! Britain First is a wholly discredited movement, the type of movement that would horrify our grandparents and great-grandparents who saw action in WWI. Both my grandfathers fought and I am immensely proud of them. I’m also immensely proud that my maternal grandfather came home with the Croix de Guerre and the DCM. I don’t think either of them would have any pride in me for thoughtless sharing of a link which implies tacit approval of an organisation they would have regarded with abhorrence.

My general rule-of-thumb is that if it required some kind of emotional blackmail to get me to share it, then they’re up to no good!

While you digest that, here’s a lovely picture of the beautiful ceramic poppies at the tower of London – a fitting tribute I think. Each poppy represents somebody who gave their life in that war.

WW1 Tribute at the Tower of London


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