Disliking the Like Button

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I am the first to admit that I have a Facebook addiction. I absolutely love it, drama and all. Every morning I check in with my friends around the world and chat in a couple of private groups with good friends who live far away. It’s a great way to keep in touch and share my adventures with the people who want to know about them.

There’s just one thing I don’t like: the like button.

At first, it seemed like a great idea. When someone posts good news, click “like” and share that you, too, find joy in their success and happiness. But over time, it became so easy to just like a status update, rather than actually making a comment. Instead of taking the thirty seconds to type out, “Hey, that’s great news!” or “Congratulations!” we’ve become a society of the quick-click show of support to our friends, and it makes me kind of sad.

Instead of having meaningful interactions, it seems that most of my acquaintances and I have resorted to a lazy means of showing support for one another—a show that often leaves me wishing for something more.

Perhaps I’m an anomaly—I like to type. If I’m at my computer, I can type very quickly, thanks to that typing class I took all those years ago (yes kids, I remember a life before Internet, and I learned on an antique called a typewriter!). Even when I check in on my phone, I try to take the time to peck out at least a short response to people. Words mean something; clicking a like button really doesn’t.

The good news, is most of my closest friends are really good about leaving comments, rather than doing the ol’ click-and-run. I return the favor as much as possible, because I see Facebook as a place to communicate, not just a quick read.

What about you? Do you love to “like” or are you, too, tired of it, and think it’s a lazy way to communicate?


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