slack·​tiv·​ism ˈslak-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce slacktivism (audio)
: the practice of conspicuously showing support for a cause (as by posting on social media or hanging a flag or sign) without taking any real steps to effect change
So how do we help those kids? I mean, really help. Something beyond slacktivism.Jim Ross
The ice bucket challenge was taken as emblematic of "slacktivism," the derisive term for cheap ways to feel good without doing anything meaningful.Nicholas Kristof

Word History


blend of slack entry 1 and activism

First Known Use

1995, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slacktivism was in 1995

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“Slacktivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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