Since formats for the on-line “community” of people on Facebook seems to change every other week, the frequent-users always seem to get annoyed with whatever change has happened to interupt their digital fantasyland. (This is a classic sign that they have WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS. Instead of complaining about THE LOOK OF A WEBSITE, they could go to a homeless shelter, clean out their closet, read a book, PRAY [imagine!]…or a host of a million and one things.)
One of the things that has really cracked me up recently is a growing demand of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users for a “DISLIKE” BUTTON. If you don’t use this online social network, Facebook’s platform is to make digital space for people to make comments that all of their friends (and the world for that matter) may see. From posting pictures of things, making political statements, inviting someone to something, or just saying something stupid.
As someone who sees all of these comments or this activity, we have the FB option to click a button that simply says, “Like.” I can tell someone that I like something they said or did. The growing complaint among some Facebook users is they don’t have a “Dislike” button to convey the obnoxious reaction that should stay in their heads. Not only do they waste all that time surfing the web–killing time looking for things to dislike–now they want to go around and leave digital disappointment here-and-there and everywhere.
Why would anyone want to even expend the scintilla of energy to click on something that doesn’t convey love? Where does all this crabbiness come from in our society? Maybe it’s because the online world–when it’s all said and done–is not very human. When “community” comes more from mouse clicks and less from hugs and human face-to-face kindness, I guess I’d be crabby, too.
If you realize you have a growing urge to want to DISLIKE something, you know that it’s time that you turn your computer off, get out of your house, walk next door to your neighbor and say something nice. Go to your town’s train station or coffee house or McDonald’s and hold the door open for somebody. Wash your car. Your spouse’s car. (Or mine. It’s filthy.)
Is there anything more UN-likeable than unhappy people? I officially dislike the “dislike” button idea. I “like” nice people, though. Will you join my crusade to change crabby people?