Interesting comments everyone. But I feel this is not just social media, it happens in real life too. You will not be concerned until it hits you home, until its personal. You will feel sympathy in real life cos its happening in front of you , but even then people forget, life moves on. I don't think there has been a time in history where people would have cared. It could have been that since many people used to have huge families before, they would have to be concerned about others cos they lived near them(proximity). And this is what I feel sad about too. Many of the people start to feel that we should just lie cos they guy talking to here or girl would not want to listen to them. I have been on the recieiving end of many such answers. I have had to force answers out of many people and in the end it turns out caring for someone is hard too especially if its a penpal online or someone you know on fb Unless you know them personally or something, some people who try to care end up getting answers which are not the truth and everyone starts to realise they need to control the amount of caring they do for others. I wanted to know how people were doing but unless that person knows me super well, they will not give a true response. Both sides have become quite problematic, the ones telling and the ones listening. The one telling his / her feeling is afraid the other person is not interested, and the one listening is thinking that will he/she tell me how she is really feeling or try to avoid the subject. Social media has just brought a new level but hasnt changed conversations. People have been able to hide their feelings even when u meet them face to face. Some people can be easily read others cannot. With social media, it gets virtually impossible to understand anyone cos you have no clues to understand how they feel except their words Some people try very hard to care, ofcourse they end up in a place where people around them dont understand their caring It all depends on the individual If you feel you can help out a person , go ahead for sure.
Another point I want to make is about the idea of grabbing attention. Ofcourse in this case its genuine that the girls father needs surgery. But people treat it like many other statuses which have got their attention. For example someone getting a good job or something. Do you realise why facebook added so many different types of likes. They noticed, people comment less like more. So to show their emotion though likes, they added like, love, smile etc. Facebook knows its audience isnt into communication(written words).