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Today on social media, we see all kinds of challenges that have gone viral in our world. Ask a kid over the age of 10 if he/she knows about the Bottle-Flipping challenge, and I guarantee they’ll be begging to demonstrate their personal flipping skills with a water bottle (as their parents or teachers groan audibly in the background).
Who can forget the ALS Ice Bucket challenge that went global a few years back? Did one of your family members or friends challenge you to participate? I don’t think the ALS Foundation or the families impacted by this disease will forget the global awareness and funds for research that were created through the effort that continues to still draw participants today.
Admittedly, not all the challenges issued through social media have been good or even safe ones. In 2017, Tide Pods became the subject of many memes and articles as teens challenged each other to ingest laundry detergent. Parents all around the globe were shaking their heads at the curiosity of it all while we silently wondered if we had raised a generation of kids who had lost all common sense.
It’s obvious to me then that social media challenges garner a lot of attention from people of all ages. Given the success of this platform and the appeal it has for so many, it seems a pity to waste it and not use it to our advantage. In a world that seems increasingly rooted in political battles, social issues, and the decrease of religious freedoms, why not challenge ourselves and our kids to make it better? What if we issued a world-wide social media challenge that for every hour we spend frivolously on social media, we need to do one equal hour of good in our homes, in our communities, in our world? What might that look like? Would it decrease the amount of time people spend on social rants? Would it decrease the number of internet trolls or online bullying? What changes might we see in our schools, workplaces, or even at home if we put this into regular practice?
A good many of you might debate that it’s unrealistic, that nothing that requires work of this nature would be of interest to people, but I disagree. How many of us were willing to dump freezing cold ice over our heads to help a much smaller subset of our communities or families in need? How many times have you heard recently that our world is falling apart? It doesn’t have to if only we’d each vow to do our part and then actually do it. The good doesn’t have to be monumental, it just has to be well, good. If we are willing to flip a bottle or fill up a bucket with ice, why can’t we encourage a friend, smile at a stranger, hold a door, shake a hand, lend a dollar?
So I’ll issue the challenge. For every hour you spend on social media, spend equal time doing some good. I double-dog dare you! Try it for a month, a week, or even just a day. Post it to all your social media accounts and let’s see if we can make goodness go viral. Text/email it to everyone in your contact list. Who will join me?
If you would like to participate in the equal time challenge, simply post the following to your social media accounts and text/email everyone in your contact list to challenge all of your family and friends. Then, simply do as you promised.
I’m taking part in the Equal Time Challenge to make our world a better place. For every hour I spend on social media today, I am committing to doing one equal hour of good to improve my family, my community, my nation, or the world at large. For more information, visit https://hundredpercentchanceofchange.wordpress.com/ #equaltimechallenge