Trend Watch: Why Your Facebook Friends Have Cartoon Profile Pictures

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If you logged onto Facebook recently you may have noticed that a bunch of your friends have changed their profile pictures to cartoon characters.

Here's why: the Campaign to End Violence Against Children is asking users to change their profile pictures to their favorite childhood cartoon to raise awareness about "Worldwide Violence Against Children and Child Abuse." To ensure that your friends get the message, the cause also asks that users post this status--or something like it--along with the change:

Change your FB Profile Picture to a Cartoon from your childhood. The goal is to not see a human face on FB till Monday December 6th. Support the  fight against child abuse by copying and pasting this as your status and joining this group to support this sometimes over looked cause! Invite friends to join and do the same.

Will the bevy of childhood memories flooding your newsfeed affect any real change? Malcolm Gladwell and other skeptics would say probably not. But at the very least the Childhood Cartoon Faces campaign will remind you of the good old days, when Saturday morning cartoons weren't accompanied by a Four Loko hangover.

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Rebecca Greenfield is a writer based in Brooklyn. She was formerly on staff at The Atlantic Wire.

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