“It’s confirmed! I’m going to be a daddy” reads a friend’s Facebook status update. So I click the ‘Like’ button and type “Congrats!” into the comments. 

Seconds later, I get this message sent to my Inbox:

Lol , you should not have liked or commented. Now you have to pick from one of these below and post it as your status. This is THE 2015 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS game. Don’t be a spoil sport, pick your poison from one of these and change your status, 1) Diarrhea again?! 2) Just used my boobs to get out of a speeding ticket 3) How do you get rid of foot fungus 4) No toilet paper, goodbye socks. 5) I think I’m in love with someone, what should I do? 6) I’ve decided to stop wearing underwear 7) it’s confirmed, I’m going to be a Mommy/Daddy! 8)Just won £900 on a scratch card. 9) I’m getting married. Post with no explanations. So sorry, I fell for it too. Looking forward to your post. Shhh don’t ruin it!

It’s the second time I have been sent this. The first time, I just brushed it off as yet another mindless Facebook spam update (I’m sure these are built by Facebook staff to ensure the platform’s active user stats are kept high, to lure advertisers to spend more…

The more I think about this, the more offensive it is. My sister is recovering from breast cancer. My mother died from cancer. How is this manipulative status hijacking “game” about raising awareness for breast cancer? 

This is my sister, Lynn. This status update game did nothing for her cancer.


Do you know what it’s like when a family member is facing death through cancer? 

Do you think a silly Facebook status update that forces people to trick each other under the guise of cancer awareness does anything constructive or palliative for the cancer sufferer or their family members suffering, watching them wither away and die? 

I’m loath to believe you think this has anything to do with cancer awareness. 

It does nothing for cancer: it does not raise funds, nor find a cure nor save our loved ones from death

The only awareness here is a painful reminder that someone close to us is dying slowly and painfully. Thanks for that…

I said all this, in a rant in the comments, at this point not giving a damn if I ruined the “game” or made it awkward for anyone in the comment thread. You want cancer awareness? I’ll make you aware of our daily pain and loss. It’s not a game. 

This is my mum, a few days before she died in 2006. This status update game couldn’t save her.

The person who posted the comment responded in a far more decent, human way than I expected after my tirade:

Hi Dave. You are right. It doesn’t raise funds or find a cure for cancer, definitely. But, I think your response here has done what the posts meant to do: Create discussion and get people talking not only about cancer but also how we should raise awareness. I agree that these statuses are not the best method of raising awareness and the game does, in a way, turn cancer awareness into a trivial thing which is why responses like yours are so important. So, it may begin as a trivial game but someone will inevitably (hopefully) raise issues about the games and begin a conversation about the seriousness of cancer. Also, the messages that are then sent to people who respond to the statuses almost force them to acknowledge what the status is about and what it is trying to do. It would, however, help to include more information in the messages about cancer so that the awareness raising becomes central.  I do understand the seriousness of cancer as friends and family members have died or been diagnosed with some form of cancer, but I do apologise for any offense or hurt caused.”

There are far better ways to raise awareness about cancer, than this pointless hijacking of people’s comments and likes. 

Even when they’re not punching people in the gut with nonsense about cancer, they’re making people be less social and engaging on Facebook. Today, I reacted because it touched a very raw nerve – but because there are so many of these stupid “games” proliferating Facebook, I now don’t like or comment on anyone’s update if it looks vaguely odd, funny or a little ‘different’. I am sure I am not the only one. These idiotic games make us less engaging and more guarded on Facebook…and then what’s the point, really? Antisocial media won’t fly.

The ice bucket challenge was a great way to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). It did this in a fun way, getting people to pour ice water over a friend, and record their reactions. Awareness campaigns don’t have to be stark sentimental tear-jerkers. 

The ice bucket challenge was important in another way: it forced action and donations as integral parts of the awareness campaign, resulting in millions of dollars being raised for research into a cure for ALS. 

By contrast, this thoughtless Facebook status hijacking game has not raised one cent; has not educated about early detection or treatment. It has done nothing, except get people’s backs up. 

It’s not clever. It’s not funny. 

Read more about breast cancer and cancer in general at CANSA or make a donation for CANSA’s research into finding a cure here

© Dave Luis 2015. All Rights Reserved. 

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82 thoughts on “Your Status Hijacking Game Is NOT About Cancer Awareness

  1. Urgh don’t even get me started. The number of people i have shouted at for that one is enough to become it’s own cancer awareness status somehow. And don’t stop liking my weird strangely odd statuses – those are just me being me. But yes, everyone who posts those statuses (stati?) on Facebook should have to do 1000 hours of community service…. SO STUPID! And well done for taking it on!

    1. Thanks Brett. I don’t like to get into social media rants, they’re usually pointless and embarrassing, but this is just stupid and hurtful, and not unlike cyber bullying.
      I’m keeping an eye out for your stati…

      1. It does not tell anyone the cause until you are picked. I saw severally of the status posted and didn’t no why until today. Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. So i posted on my page that it was a stupid game trying add it may to promote cancer awareness month.

      1. Absolutely. I hear that and it horrible to have to respond that once you’ve lost a family member to cancer that it’s difficult to find the fun or joke in pointless things like these gamified status updates.

  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes to all you’ve said. I got this message too and straight up ignored it because fuck you* actually. My best friend in primary school died of cancer, although not of the breast kind. This does nothing to raise awareness. There’s no information being shared. It’s just nonsense. And I hate being “forced” to update by Facebook status. Who gave you that power?

    *Not you actually, the person who sent me the PM.

    1. Right? It makes us antisocial, and it hurts. It’s thoughtless. On the upside, my rant got a very considered response from the person, and a follow up post – far more authentic and sincere than the game of status hijacking.

  3. I got caught once and I am now also careful to ignore these odd status updates. In the same way I don’t get how pouring a bucket of ice water over your head is good either. All of these so called charity gimmicks are just that – gimmicks. How much money actually gets to help the cause. Why do we have to entertain people to provide awareness. There is scarcely a family around that has not been affected by Cancer, HIV, Poverty, Addictions etc. Once when I posted something asking people to “share or else” a friend wisely told me it was emotional blackmail. Hit me smack between the eyes and I have never done it since. We each need to listen to our own social conscience and do what is right for us and not be bullied into something.

    1. I get the hijacking thing is irritating and can bring up hurtful memories albeit unknowingly for some…but the Ice Bucket Challenge I have to admit, did bring awareness to me…I had not heard of ALS before it. Now I have. Can’t argue with that result.

      1. Agreed. Like I said – that campaign brought awareness and raised funds. It was effective in both arenas. By stark contrast, this pervasive status hijacking does neither.

  4. Reblogged this on Surviving Jonkersville and commented:
    For a while I’ve been seriously annoyed with the types of cancer awareness people choose to have on social media. Amongst the causes I support, cancer is the one that really tugs at my heartstrings. Cancer takes whomever, whenever it wants and too many times ends the ‘relationship’ with a kiss of death. I’ve lost family members and friends to this disease and there is just no stopping it. It is for this reason that I don’t feel that cancer awareness should have a ‘flighty’ campaign.

    Believe me with a sense of humour like mine, I have no problem updating my status to: “Just used my boobs to get out of a speeding ticket.” (Heck, knowing me, I’d probably do it real life too.) The problem I do have is that we don’t often discern the ways we go about awareness campaigns.

    A few weeks ago I volunteered at the CANSA shaveathon and it was the saddest and most humbling experience. Majority of the supporters were survivors, victims, their familes and friends. I believe that a little goes a long way but at the same time I was made aware how many people simply just don’t care about it. You can’t blame them for it either. Most people don’t feel it unless it’s hit close to home. What I did learn that day is that many people still have the notion that cancer is ‘something that happens to other people’. When in fact cancer does does discriminate against race, age or pedigree.

    I could go on and on but the point of this is to share what Dave Luis (who also happens to be my favourite blogger right now) has to say about the social media cancer awareness ‘game’. I hope it gives you some food for thought.

  5. Yip….Couldn’t agree more with what you are saying…my dad has just been through an excruciating round of chemo and I found this to be very offensive. It pries on people’s kindness, I did not appreciate being made a fool of for actually taking the time to congratulate someone on their “good news” and also involuntarily opting in on a game I do not support….Sorry this game just particularly irked me. Thanks for posting!

    1. Sorry to hear about your dad. Praying that everything works out well and the treatment puts the cancer into remission.
      It’s stories like yours that immediately show this offensive “game” for what it is – nasty cyber bullying.
      D.

  6. Its also an easy way for people to feel they have done something when actually they have done nothing. Its like posting all those photos of abused animals in the name of “raising awareness” – its rubbish! It just makes them feel like they have done something positive.

    Its really annoying actually. If you want to do something then DO IT.

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  8. we get the social networks we deserve (as a population). It’s in our nature (again as a population) to look for clever ways to fish people in, and it takes a certain proportion of the population to be fished in for this kind of thing to proliferate. These kind of things develop and evolve according to the rules of the platform and our tendencies.

    1. Bruce, I’m sorry to hear that. Cancer is a really ugly, horrific, drawn out way to lose a loved one. Any campaign that can benefit funding, research or treatment of cancer I am all behind. This merciless and spammy Facebook status update? Not one little bit.

  9. I’m really glad you also posted on the persons post about this. I personally find these games disgusting.
    Not only do they not raise a single cent for the campaign, they actually make Facebook money off of the ad traffic they get based on how many comment or likes the ass hole posting the shit game gets.

    1. That’s an interesting point, about the ad traffic these posts generate. If that was rerouted to fund cancer research, so much the better – but far from it.

  10. These statuses are like digital chain letters– I hated them as a kid –I hate them as an adult. This FB game is supposedly played by both sexes. I truly dislike the ones that are for women only and have you post things like the color of your bra or your birthday month or something like that– how in the world does my bra size or color have anything to do with cancer except that most of the people with breast cancer might wear one two. I have never understood the why and yes if a status looks suspect –I avoid it. Thank you for voicing what we are feeling and I would much more appreciate the heartfelt notes that the stupid ones. (and no one ever talks about the fact that you liked the status and how stupid you feel to find out they aren’t going to be a mommy/daddy– and how some people struggling with infertility –don’t exactly appreciate the joke.)

    1. They are EXACTLY digital chain letters. Memetic viruses that employ a variety of mechanisms to goad, cajole, beg or trick you into helping them replicate. The original author might have had some intentionality behind the text, but once they’re out in the while, the content exists only as a self-replication facilitator.

      I’ve blogged about the cancer ones before, myself.
      http://tcantine.blogspot.com/2013/10/playing-cancer-card-against-chain.html

      1. I saw a new version today, challenging people to change their profile picture to a superhero to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Seems a particularly cruel one.

  11. I’ve always hated the games to raise “awareness” for breast cancer. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 8 years old. I don’t think telling everyone the color of my bra or where I leave my purse does anything for anyone. If they’re going to do something like this perhaps it should be when did you last had a mammogram or something. Obviously it would be a limited audience but that might actually remind people that they’re due for one.

  12. I just got sent this thing today by a friend, because of course I’m going to like and say congrats if someone says they are having a baby. 1st thing I thought when I saw the the pm was, well that’s just stupid, 2nd thought was there is no way in hell I am posting any of those status updates because I don’t see how they raise awareness of anything. If you had to make a donation and post something then fine (none of the options in the message cos they are dumb as hell) I’d do that cos at least that would be a bit helpful. As it is this “game” does nothing to raise awearnrss of anything, except people will post anything to think they are helping a cause instead of actually helping a cause.

  13. My friend linked your post, and I have to say you hit the nail on the head. I lost my dad about a year and a half ago to leukemia, so whenever I see one of these random FB “games” (or the new one – make your profile picture a cartoon character to ‘raise awareness’ for childhood cancer) it makes me sick. When he was going through his 5th (and final) round of chemo, someone posting about their bra color online sure wasn’t doing him any good.

    We are already aware of cancer. I think I read a statistic like 1 in 3 people (or maybe 1 in 2) knows someone who has suffered from cancer. “Raising awareness” isn’t what needs to be done. Raising funds is.

    I agree with some of the other comments here – this gives people a way to say “I did something!” without actually doing anything. At least with the Ice Bucket Challenge (as ridiculous as that was), people were donating, and they raised a LOT of money. But this? Ridiculous.

  14. I have not lost anyone close to me to cancer, but still, right on to your post. The “cancer awareness” thing that bothers me the most is the NFL “breast cancer awareness month.” They wear pink on their uniforms, and sell pink [expletive deleted], but do they donate money? Nope. It’s “awareness” not “donations based on profits from pink stuff…” Grrr.

    Also the “save the tatas! I’m uncomfy with. Breast cancer can mean that you Don’t “save the tatas,” you lose the tatas and save the ACTUAL woman.

    Plus, like you noted, I hate the sense of being bullied into doing something “good.”

    1. This is important – save the woman.
      The being bullied into doing something good is also a misnomer – we are bullied into doing something that we think will result in some good, but it’s not the case. Which makes it all the more painful for those folk who have lost a friend or family member to cancer.

  15. Reblogged this on Mare Martell and commented:
    The first time I fell for it, I was irritated because I felt it was irresponsible in general. I didn’t blame the person posting it, I just didn’t follow the rules. Call me a spoil sport, but I’m completely on board with Dave Luis’ view on this matter.

  16. One thing I find particularly cruel about the “games” that people are encouraged to play on FB for “breast cancer awareness” is that they often involve a status update about becoming a parent…

    …when often treatments for breast cancer can render one infertile and take away their ability to become parents.

    So someone mourning that loss, as a survivor of cancer, screws up their courage to say “Congrats!” to their friend even though the reminder that they can’t have kids anymore is a painful one…and gets the PM about it being a *game* for cancer awareness?

    Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds.

    I hate these games utterly, but that’s the one thing that sticks out to me as being particularly vicious about them.

    1. I thought about this and when I saw the choices I thought most of them would hurt someone when they find out it is false, but the pregnancy one the most. Imagine you are dealing with infertility, and you see the status, and you have so many feels but most of all you don’t really want to be a spoil sport to your friend who got the gift you so wanted. So you like it, or you comment “Congrats”. And then you get the Haha just kidding private message.

    2. I had a similar experience in a FB group for widows & widowers, where someone posted that they were getting married. It’s hurtful. It destroys your faith in anything anyone else might post, and that damages the purpose of the support group as well.

  17. As a person who’s father recently passed from lung cancer, ( kills more than breast cancer), you need to lighten up. If you are going to get upset about every tiny ignorance the world outside of cancer has, you are going to kill yourself. I can’t tell you how to grieve, but I’m pretty sure yelling at a thoughtless friend because you were reminded of something you were probably already thinking about anyway doesn’t help anyone. If people want the fantasy of thinking it’s helping, so be it. Ignore it and move on.

  18. Just as an aside from the other side. I have “innumberable” nodules, cysts, and tumors in my body (basically radiologists way of saying I have a ton of tumors they don’t want to count nor can they be bothered with checking if cancerous) located in thyroid, adrenal, now both breasts, and lymphs. Doctors are dragging their rear ends in checking if they are in fact serious. I have NO FAMILY (capped for emphasis) and only people are basically fb friends. That stupid little pass along is a slight amusement for me to break up the extreme pain of the day. The people who actually know me well enough know they’re jokes because I pick the parent one, which they know I cannot and will not have a child. So it both sees who knows me well enough and provides amusement when they go “oh no you got me!” and we both laugh. I never have gotten a cancer one, it’s usually just a chain letter with no awareness attached. I would probably implode a lot faster if it wasn’t for random stupid things with the people on fb for levity since I’d have nothing other than an empty apartment, thinking about what /could be wrong/ while mad at the docs, and then going to work.

    1. Thanks for sharing this. It’s worthwhile seeing the sentiment from the other side. My mum got through her last few months with a solid sense of humour, which we shared as much we could. I’m all for that. I’m just not particularly a fan of a movement that on the face of it sells hope when it doesn’t.

  19. Still recovering from complications of my third lumpectomy (benign, thank you, God). I tend to “vaguebook” at times, and my friends know why; they know it’s part of my personality disorders. But when my niece posted she was going to be a mom, of course I believed her. (She never calls, she only communicates via Facebook.) Then to get the stupid-ass “gotcha!” PM … please. I shared your article because I hope people will understand that there is a time and a place for fun and games. (Just in case you wondered, Facebook isn’t going to donate 3¢ for cancer research for each Like or Share of some child’s picture, either.) I’m sorry, I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but if you want to play a Facebook game, give somebody a letter and tell him or her to name six things beginning with that letter. That kind of game may be annoying, but it is not screwing around with people.

  20. I agree 100% with your blog on this. Today it’s all over a closed FB group for widows and widowers, would you believe? I lost my husband to cancer, but a large number of people on there think ‘it’s just a bit of fun’. Either it’s just a bit of fun, or it’s about cancer! I don’t actually need more “awareness’ about cancer, thank you very much! I ‘liked’ a post from someone who said they were getting married. We’re all widows or widowers, so that’s quite something to celebrate. Except it was a ‘joke’. Ha! ha!

  21. Not arguing at all, but it isn’t going to go away. Why don’t you play the game but switch it up by putting more into the emailed response? Like “here is a fact about cancer that I learned. Find a new fact for your friends who like your status!” There is a way to curve this game so it does make people aware. My little sister, aunt, and grandfather died of cancer. My mom had ovarian cancer. It’s an absolutely horrible thing, however I know that the game isn’t going to go away. So change it to inform people! Will it raise money? Yes! By informing people you make them think about it the next time they have the opportunity to donate! Stop dwelling in the “cancer black cloud” and use this kind of mass coverage to inform people.

    1. Well played on turning it to something good. You’re right – I do get caught up in the cancer black cloud, and to be honest on most days I probably still will. But you’ve given me pause for thought on how to level up, and change it for good. Thanks.

    2. Well played on turning it to something good. You’re right – I do get caught up in the cancer black cloud, and to be honest on most days I probably still will. But you’ve given me pause for thought on how to level up, and change it for good. Thanks.

    3. Yes, there are people whose psychological makeup is such that they find Clair in “games” for “awareness.” But just because they exist does not mean we have to conform to their personality style.

      I am already aware of cancer, thanks.

  22. Thanks so much for posting this Dave, I feel the same way about these Facebook statuses. I’m a cancer survivor and have a hereditary condition called Lynch syndrome which makes me more likely to get cancer, so I do wonder if and when I will get it again. Seeing things like this on Facebook feels kind of like a slap in the face, especially if I’m having a good day when I haven’t been thinking about cancer at all – these things can be quite triggering. I’d like to point this out to people on social media as I’ve seen a few of the childhood cancer ones recently, but I worry that in saying something I will somehow offend people (especially some I’m close friends with, or people who have had their own personal experiences with cancer) who don’t realise they might be doing something that could be offensive.

    1. Sorry to hear about your Lynch syndrome, but very grateful to hear you count yourself among the cancer survivors!
      I don’t think these games are going to go away soon, nor do I think blog posts like mine will stop them. It seems the more posts like mine get shared, the more these inane games surface. The lesson for me, at least, is about learning what to let into my life that affects me, and how to carry this message across without as you say attacking or offending anyone (not always entirely possible!)
      Strength to you on your journey!

  23. I know it’s a year since you posted this, so sorry for the late comment. I was diagnosed with cancer just over a week ago- it’s shit. A Facebook friend just posted a chain “if you care about people with cancer” post. And guess what… In that one post they just took the ten minutes of today where I’d forgotten about cancer and was browsing my friends lives looking at cat photos and rants about kids and, guess what… now I’m thinking about my cancer again. Fucking brilliant.

    1. Emma, I am so sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis, and the thoughtless idiocy of the Facebook posting.
      I wish for all our sakes that mere chain social media posts DID make a difference, instead of opening already-raw wounds some more.
      You kick that cancer in its ass – and every time you see some thoughtless Facebook post, you post this blog in their comments and make them stop in their tracks and reconsider the rubbish they post.
      Strength to you, Emma!

      1. Thanks Dave, I will. Thanks for giving me an outlet for my rant too, it’s nice to know others feel the same.

  24. Great blog Dave, and sorry for the loss of your mother. I just got reeled in by one of these posts this morning and when I got the message asking me to do the same I just thought, “Why?” I feel lucky and know I’m lucky to have not had a close friend or relative diagnosed with cancer, but as a keen student of science I’ve learnt plenty about it, particularly in the last few years, and as a keen volunteer I’ve given plenty to charities at my own liking. You’re 100% right – this is in no world the right way to raise awareness, especially in forcing someone to do something. It’s like when you get a cold call asking for you to donate to a charity – to which I always say, “No thanks, I’d much prefer to run a half marathon and raise funds rather than just donate”. I’m sure there are much better ways of doing things – I did the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS and threw up that evening but it was worth it! – we just need to explore all the options we have, and I’m sure we have many given where we are in the 21st Century.

  25. Totally agree with this. I was actually looking for something to share to my Facebook friends regarding status hijacking. I liked a photo just awhile ago of a black and white selfie with hashtag challenge accepted, and I got a message about being a cancer awareness status. I was like, WTF. I would rather donate, which I did, than participate in their attention seeking nonsense. They should do DONATE challenge instead.

  26. I’m so sorry you feel this way. I can understand it completely; however, this is how I put it to some of my friends:
    Some say that these “games” are impolite to those with cancer; however, I think it helps remind our friends to get their annual or bi-annual mammogram.
    I hope you can understand the other side.

    1. Hi Gabrielle, I’m all for having fun. And I’m REALLY all for reminding friends and family to do their check ups, regular. But when “fun” comes at the expense of someone’s peace, sensitivity or raw grief, then we need to reexamine that mechanism of how we are delivering the message. It’s not good enough to say “Oh well we delivered a necessary message, so it doesn’t matter that you got hurt!” No. There are far more effective and kind ways that are also fun (read my piece again, about the ALS ice bucket challenge).
      So, yes, I do understand the other side – question is – do you understand that it is hurtful, infantile and ineffective.

      1. I’m with you on this, Dave. I have lost someone to cancer, but I am also a woman who is still at risk of breast cancer, plus all the other cancers that afflict people of either gender. If I see a ‘game’ on FB that ends with “Ha ha! Gotcha! But this is all in aid of cancer awareness!” I just think “What bastards, making light of cancer.” Of course people need to get regular check-ups, where they are available, against breast, cervical, colon cancer etc. but I’ll bet not a single one of the people who respond to these requests to attend for a check-up have done so because some numpty on FB has caught them out with a “It’s confirmed! I’m going to be a daddy” status update, or anything else that passes for ‘just a bit of fun’ in this bizarrely warped world we live in.

      2. Thanks Lorna. I’m sorry to hear you lost someone to cancer. It’s a real tragedy, and exactly why this thoughtless game cannot be seen as just a bit of harmless fun.

  27. I suffer from various forms of mental illness. Several members of my family syffer from different forms of mental illness. My father died on Monday as an indirect result of alcohlism brought on by various categories of mental illness. In the UK, mental illness (suicide) is the biggest killer of people 19-50. People like me dream of the kind of awareness various cancers get. Personally, I would be over the moon to see a chain status about mental illness. Anything that gets people thinking about an illness creates activity around it. Raising money, libbying parliament for more funding – I found out tonight that where my mother lives, there are 19 beds per 250,000 people. That’s a disgrace. If someone put that in a chain status and shared it, good on them. Any awareness is a good thing. And if it wasn’t fir awareness campaigns, people wouldn’t see a subject as important as it is. The amount of funding cancer research and palliative care has raised through awareness campaigns is beyond comprehension. Be thankful that people are constantly reminded what a shit awful thing cancer is, even through something as annoying as a Facebook chain, because if awareness dried up, so would the money.

    1. Food for thought, certainly. I hope that for sufferers such as you and your family more awareness – more POSITIVE and constructive awareness come your way, but I have to disagree with the outlook that all awareness is a good thing. When you trick people with games like this status hijacking, you alienate people who would otherwise be amenable to donating or doing something constructive for the cause. Too much awareness desensitises us to the real issues. Cancer (and all other diseases and conditions) don’t need games and mockery.

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