I hate the “like” button on Facebook. It is an unnecessary feature that adds no real value to what you post online. You like something? Great. But what value does that add? What does it tell me?
The absolute worst part is when I see something like this:
Jane: Oh No! My dog Buster died last night!”
- Bob likes this.
What’s there to like about a dead dog? What type of sick person are you that you revel in someone’s pain like that? Can’t you be bothered to type any type of condolence message?
It’s not hard to type “I’m so sorry.” It’s not awful to pick up the phone and call someone. But it’s so easy to “like” something on Facebook. You click, and BAM! it’s there.
The easy accessibility of the like button is part of what makes it so awkward. Also, there’s no way of keeping track of what you liked. The button screams I cared enough to burn a quarter of a calorie for you.
God help us if they ever make a dislike button. For now though, I’ll campaign to get rid of the like button in favor of making real social connections.