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The season for helping has come on the most famous social networking site. We know - holidays are coming, generous people. The lion's share of appeals are requests to help children. And Facebook enthusiasts help. Or at least they think so.

In the minds of many people the thought was born clicking "I like it" or "share" is a form of charity. Hola, hola! Not too easy is it? Do you really think that the mother of a sick toddler collecting funds for rehabilitation will pay for the treatments with "likes"? Or that the Facebook administration will pay PLN to the parents' account of the burned child, if you share the photo?*

Unfortunately, helping those in need requires more effort, or simply money. Share an appeal with an account number, but be aware that even a million shares will not do anything unless they carry deposits. Do you want to help? Make a transfer for at least a few zlotys.

What does clicking and sharing do for us?

The false sense that we are "doing" something. It's very dangerous because it smells like kilometer with anesthesia. People are so used to this form of "help" that they click unreflectively everything that comes under the cursor. And yes we can find out that the shelter in Józefów is being closed and dozens of animals will be put to sleep. Of course, the institution is struggling with problems, like any such, but not planning closure. You can find out from their profile on FB, but it requires a few clicks more, so hardly anyone will go to the trouble.

Equally easy click on the picture of the disfigured child. Underneath, an entry informing about the money that will go to the toddler's account if we like and share it. What miracle? This photo has been circulating for several years! At first it illustrated the chains on our classroom, now it successfully illustrates the full-blown scribbles of junior high school students with a specific sense of humor. People click on everything.

You help by the way, you win by the way.

In addition to being involved in help that is not there, we also like fictitious competitions. People from all over Poland entered selected colors of the typhons, which allegedly could not be sold due to the lack of foil. They were not puzzled by the fact that the "competition" illustrated a blurry, amateur photo, that the profile was not official, and the reasons for the handing out - nonsense.

Why do I write about non-existent phones in the help text? Because they are a great reward! For help that you don't give at all by clicking "I like it"! And seriously - when we do something good, the reward is "that" feeling. Yes, when we help the needy, we feel fulfilled and better. A mere click does not predispose a person to receive this valuable reward. Take a phone call with a click ...

Ps. Most of us have more or less money shortages. We can't afford any help. We promise ourselves that if we get a little penny, we will send a reasonable donation. It ends with promises. What to do? Let's send a zloty. A real gift of one zloty is one hundred percent better than one hundred promised in your mind. You can collect a hundred zlotys from zlotys. True. Helpful.

From the editor:

* - unless the request for help: "liking" and sharing is supported by a contract signed with the company that decides to share the photo. However, such support is rarely calculated in zlotys, more often in pennies (one penny for sharing a photo) and the authors clearly inform about it. This does not mean that a penny is not enough. Only that it is worth being aware of how much our help is really worth. And let's honestly admit this option of "paid likes": it is rare. We have to deal with false appeals much more often.

If we want to help, we have more options. We do not have to volunteer to work in the hospice. We can support a lot of actions that don't even require us to leave the house. Instead of sharing blindly (without checking the source) photos, we can think to whom to allocate 1% tax, whether it is better not to give back some of the purchased chemicals to the needy family, bring food to the shelter, join the Szlechetna Paczka action or knock on a person living alone and suggest bringing fresh bread on a frosty day. It `s worth to help. But wisely.