By: Dallas J. Short
Insert the dark and ominous music of den-den-den.. because Facebook is finally creating the “dislike”. When they announced it on Tuesday, the internet exploded with people both liking and disliking Zuckerberg’s future addition to the social media platform.
According to Business Insider, Zuckerberg said that the social network didn’t immediately design “dislike” because it didn’t want it to become a Reddit-style system of upvoting and downvoting. He referred to the recent refugee crisis or even posts about family members who have died and Facebook users not wanting to like it, but “like” is their only option. “What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment,” Zuckerberg said.
This sounds like such a great concept, right? Yes, for anyone who has complete faith in humanity and for anyone who has never been on the internet. For the rest of us, we know the World Wide Web is full of people who hide behind a computer screen, sometimes anonymous, who have nothing better to do than try to ruin someone else’s day. How the dislike button will be integrated or what form it will be in is still undecided. I’m hoping this new option will not take the form a thumbs down button because it will lead to nothing good.
If you are a brand, celebrity, or any type of public figure – you will not want this and it will be full of headaches. If you’re a Community Manager or work in Social Media, get ready for those client calls. People will dislike just for the sport of it.
Expect the pettiness to come out at an all-time high. You’re going to feel some type of way, when someone clicks “dislike’ on your new outfit, haircut, baby’s photo, athletic performance, relationship, product, opinion, family member, religion, school, etc.
Just wait, you will have friends who get into an offline argument over a Facebook dislike.
Statistics a few years ago had over one million youth being bullied on Facebook every year, the number is consistently rising. Adults are also being constantly harassed. This dislike option or anything like it will increase those numbers. Why make it easier for people to make fun of others?
Back to Zuckerberg’s reasoning for people wanting to express empathy, you are right – people do want an option to care and sometimes clicking “like” feels like an awkward way to do it when it’s not good news. You know how I show my feelings and compassion towards a friend if they lose a loved one? I call them, I see them, I hug them, I support them, I am there for them. A dislike button for those situations is still empty and lacking of connection.
Is everything on Facebook great? No. Do I agree with everyone’s opinion on Facebook? Definitely not. Remember the saying “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all?”
Keep that in mind when online (and offline). Debate turns to hate a lot quicker when it’s not face to face.
Even though it’s already in the works, I really wish Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook would reconsider this for everyone’s sake, safety and sanity.
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