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Serafini: Good cause or not, people find reason to complain

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

My Facebook news feed is filled with videos of people taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Among those videos, someone shared an article with a headline that suggested it had answers as to why critics were slamming the challenge.

I didn't have to read the article. I already know the answer — because people love to complain about anything. But I clicked the link anyway because I was curious to see what the problem was with something started with good intentions — to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease and to generate money for research.

It wastes water, they say.

Sure, I've seen some who have gone overboard — hundreds of gallons of water dropped from a front loader, etc. — but most participants have opted for bowls or small buckets to complete the challenge. I wonder if those complaining don't wash their cars or have never cooled off under a sprinkler on a hot day. To be completely honest, I probably waste the same amount of water in the shower.

People aren't doing it right, they say.

Originally, the idea was to donate to the cause or to dump the icy water on your head as punishment for not donating. Now, people are dumping icy water on their heads regardless of if they donate or not. If people want to donate money — and apparently they do, as millions of dollars have been raised for the ALS Association — and dump ice water on their heads, so what? Personally, I'm enjoying seeing my friends and family taking part.

They aren't really raising awareness about ALS, they say.

One complainer suggested these videos are not really raising awareness about ALS because few go into detail about the disease. This assumes that nobody knows how to do any research of their own. I know if I'm interested in a topic, I learn about it. And I'm sure many who didn't already know about the disease took the time to search “ALS,” even if only out of curiosity over what the Ice Bucket Challenge was about.

What's even better is that the people are using the Ice Bucket Challenge as a way to call attention to and donate money to other worthy causes — not just ALS.

It's annoying, they say.

Welcome to the Internet. If you never come across anything you find annoying on the online, you deserve some sort of award.

Kristina Serafini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or

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