It's Simple Really
So many people complaining. Commenting about how stupid the ice bucket challenge is. Why not just donate? Stop wasting water. So here's a few thing.
Why not just donate? Because sadly, just making some text post or even one with a photo attached won't get very much attention. It's just how things work. At this point, deal with it, because you trying to change that honestly won't do much. People want and need something that's different to draw their attention. You're taught this in grade school when you're taught how to write an essay. They always tell you to make sure your first paragraph is one that'll grab the readers attention and make them want to read more. Same thing applies here. It's a challenge/video that grabs the viewers attention and will actually make them listen, they'll want to know why, even do it for themselves.
Tag videos, challenges, they're huge. Everyone wants to do them. Some hope it'll bring attention to their channels, blogs, social sites, etc. Some want to join in the fun. Some want both. But no matter what the reasoning is, they're just plain popular. Everyone wants to join in the trending challenge. And that's why you make a challenge out of it. It draws so many people in and at the end of it all, they've donated and learned about ASL.
Stop complaining about how it's been made a challenge. It's done great things. Within this same time period last year they hardly made 2 million in donations. Because of this viral challenge, they've brought in over 30 million, and more's still coming. It's even grabbed the attention of major celebrities, who all probably donate a lot more than the average person because of the obvious reasons.
And lastly, it's not really wasting water. I highly doubt anyone's actually using bottled water. The most it's wasting for anyone is money, just because it'll play a very small, almost unnoticeable part on their water bill. Oh and if they paid for a bag of ice and new bucket. But that's just helping out stores and business, so it's still got a plus side. That water was going to be used one way or another. Most of the time they're outside, so it's watering the grass, something that would've happened either way. It'll get evaporated, turn into a rain cloud and rain back down. It's a reusable resource. Or it's in a tub, going down the drain and back into the water system. Something that'd happen for a bath or shower or washing dishes, etc.
To those comparing it to other third world countries. There's a difference. What third world countries are missing is clean water. Like I said, I highly doubt anyone's using bottled water. Most people are probably getting it from a hose or faucet. Tap water may be cleaner than straight from a river or something but it's still dirty and still not recommended for drinking, unless you have a filter on your tap.
It was meant to be able to be something that was good for summer. A fun challenge to cool people off, perfect for the summer heat. Just another water activity, like running through sprinklers, water balloon/water guns fights, or swimming in a pool. It's like, well now they have this instead of that or can do it at the same time and it's for a good cause. It's a fun challenge, perfect for summer, and spreading a lot of awareness while raising a lot of money. Stop complaining and trying to turn it into a negative thing just because the world doesn't work the way you wanted to, and just learn to accept it and be happy that it's doing something positive for a lot of people.
P.S. If you don't have money to donate don't feel bad about it! You can still play a part if you really want to and do the ice bucket challenge yourself anyways and/or share videos of others doing it.
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