Women, young girls, and even some males have been posting random colors on their Facebook status for about 15 hours now, many without having any real idea why. Some believed it was what color car you have, your favorite color, a color that represents your mood, and so on. But the real reason is noble in thought, but a little odd.
I’ve always thought it was a far stretch to believe buying a pencil or box of cereal can help spread breast cancer awareness or prevention, but this new colors on Facebook craze goes even further into the unbelievable. That’s right, people are posting colors as their Facebook status to raise breast cancer awareness. Some even believe it is helping to fight breast cancer.
I may be a dense and sheltered young lady, but how exactly would it help for all the world to know I am currently wearing a white or red or whatever colored bra? While it is true that the best way to fight breast cancer is to prevent it, I know of no study which proves that certain bra colors give you cancer. Would it not be more effective to post the amount of money you’ve donated to a breast cancer fund as your Facebook status? And to post random colors as your Facebook status without anyone knowing why sort of defeats the purpose.
Two of my female friends post a color as their Facebook status, and I sent them a message asking why. One said it was the color of her bra and she thought it was kind of funny. The other said it was the color of her eyes. So this experiment quickly shows us the power of social and viral networking, considering this all started just today, but it does NOT support breast cancer awareness effectively.
Your bra color on Facebook isn’t helping much unless you know why you are posting it and are able to communicate that cause. I understand not everyone has a dollar to donate to fighting breast cancer, but most everyone would like to do what they can. This is where posting your bra color on Facebook is noble in thought, but lacks a bit in it’s execution. It would be like sticking pink ribbons on every car window you see and not telling anyone what for.
Current reactions to this trend are mixed confusion, and annoyance (hey, not everyone wanted to know your bra was pink today.) I believe there should be a bit of organization with this cause, and then it might be able to hit home. By stating the color of your bra, you should feel blessed that you still have two healthy breasts, and by stating that you want to do your part to stop anyone in the world from losing theirs. You should not just do it for fun or to follow the latest odd trend.
Mine is red, by the way.