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Much good can come of the 10 Year Challenge

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What does getting soaked in ice-cold water have in common with creating a then-and-now photo collage of yourself?

Both are social-media driven initiatives that could potentially help solve some of society’s problems.

The former’s goal of raising awareness of ALS disease ( Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis‎, also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), along with funding for research, was clearly defined in social media and generally applauded. The second, called the “10 Year Challenge,” has become the subject of controversy, even though it could help improve security, solve crimes, locate missing or kidnapped children and even raise our awareness of the effects of aging on humans.

The 10 Year Challenge consists of creating a photo collage combining a recent photo of yourself and one from 10 years ago. The resulting image is then posted on Facebook or Instagram. This challenge went viral, and resulted in people making fun of their friends for getting older. Some people were even lucky enough to get........

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