For years we have used it. That little thumbs up symbol that allows you to tell someone how much you enjoy their post or pic without having to actually spell it out. But what about the things that you don’t particularly “like”? Like that post saying your friend’s dog just died or the one that your cousin posted about being super depressed since her nasty divorce. Seems pretty inappropriate to hit the “like” button; however, for users of the social media site it is the only option that one has to show any type of emotion, whether it be good or bad.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that that all may change soon as Facebook may be adding an additional button that allows you to portray other emotions like sympathy and support. Facebook has stayed away from creating a dislike button in the past, mainly because it believed that it would be used in a negative way by many users. In the drama filled world of social media I can definitely see their point. Do you know how many baby pics, couple pics, dinner for bae pics, and bout to hit the club pics would get disliked if people were given the option to do so? I can see the Petty Betty’s of the world abusing this button already lol.
This is why Facebook is in the process of instead developing a button that would instead be called a “sympathize” button or a series of buttons that would allow people to convey their sympathy or support for certain things or similar positive emotions. This button would be more appropriate for situations like the aforementioned dog passing status or for similar situations.
I definitely think that a sympathy button would be a great idea; however, some people may like the idea of an actual “dislike” button that can be used at the user’s discretion. What do you think? Should Facebook play it safe and just create the support buttons, or should they go ahead and created a “dislike” button?