Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You Like This...

The "like" button. This simple invention allows you to agree with someone or show appreciation with a click of your mouse.  You no longer have to spend a few seconds thinking about what you want to comment; all you have to do is click “like”. Besides, who actually wants to engage in conversation these days?

Okay…I’m being a bit harsh. I will be the first to admit, I really like the “like” button. However there has always been something about it that really bugs me, and it wasn’t until today that I even knew what that was. 

A friend brought the term “straight like” up to me today. I didn’t know what it meant so naturally, I turned to Urban Dictionary to help me understand.

Straight like is:
“When someone goes straight down your Facebook page and likes everything, including wallposts, comments, statuses, etc. Usually it's a close friend of yours, or someone who's bored to death”

There are a million things I can think of doing if I am ‘bored to death’ over liking every single post my friends make. Please don’t do this.

The best thing about the like button is that it is a once in a while type of use. There is no possible way you can like everything, and if you do maybe you should be a little bit pickier.

The next big thing that people are saying is, “I dislike this”. Personally, I hope Facebook does not come up with a button to dislike something because my mom raised me to believe that if I don’t have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all.

I would love to hear what you think about the "like" button. Should people stop liking and start actually typing words to express their feelings? 


  1. I think it's probably a good idea for a couple people (the ones who seem to only "like" things and usually take over walls) to tone down the "liking." But I admit that I use it too - sometimes it's just easier and faster to like something than to write a comment that basically says the same thing.

  2. I agree with you Milica. I find that sometimes instead of trying to make a comment someone else said it is easier to like. But, I do know a lot of people that just "like" comments and that is all they do. I think it is good to warrant expression of feelings instead of liking all comments because then it seems like you are being lazy.

  3. I think facebook should disable the "like" button. if you want to comment on someones wall post or photo say something about it, use your words. Don't use a "i like this" button, its a cop out for thinking.

  4. I don't want to see comment after comment of "I agree!" or "I like this" though. That gets really repetitive and boring. I think the comments section is for people with something of substance to comment on, and the like button is great, as long as it's not overused.

  5. I don't really agree or disagree with 'like button issue' so I can see all of your sides and you all pose great arguements. However, when it really comes down to it, does anyone get upset when they see that someone liked their post or their picture, probably not. Regardless of whether it is lazy or not, someone is still making an effort to be involved with you. In the end it really doesn't cause any harm.

  6. To be honest I'm still waiting for a dislike option. I also think that liking something is just a lazy way to get out of actually commenting on the post. Liking posts is something I have done often but this blog makes me rethink doing so.

  7. How timely... I just opted to like rather than comment because I didn't have the words to express my thoughts (at least not in public). Then a moment later, I find this entry.