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For a while now I’ve been hearing on Facebook how everyone wants a dis-like button. Yes, I have an opinion on this and I will share.

First I would like to say I’m not really a fan of the like button to begin with. Are we SO lazy that we can only manage to click a button in response to someone’s status? Really? I mean I’m about as lazy as they come and even I’m not that lazy. You know, if you really don’t have anything worthwhile to say, just don’t say anything.

I get though that it’s there instead of people just responding with “awesome” or “cool” or “i agree.” Because of that I’m ok with the like button, rock it out.

But has anyone other than me noticed how negative the internet has become? I mean a lot of the time it’s funny, like the site that makes fun of Walmartians. I just think there is enough negativity, why must we give everyone a button they can click when they don’t like something?

A lot of people figure it’s good to have in case someone posted “my dog died” or “I have PMS” and they can dislike it but c’mon, are you trying to tell me that’s all it will be? Why do we desperately need that option?

I know this is ironic coming from someone who is riddled with sarcasm and cynicism but I prefer to keep my negativity where it belongs, in my own passive aggressive updates. If you don’t like what I have to say feel free to respond with “you suck” or “blow me” and we can all go on with our day. But if you want to disagree with me all I ask is you at least put in the effort of a sad face =( Was that really so hard?

In my mind I imagine getting like 20 dislikes on a post that I happened to like and then I feel unloved the rest of the day. Yes, Facebook has that much of an effect on me, leave me alone. I’m fragile.

Luckily it doesn’t seem like it will ever happen. Although if Facebook wants to give a middle finger option, I’m not entirely opposed to that :fu:

  • http://darnedtoheck.blogspot.com/ Grant

    That’s the good thing about the Internet – you get to discover how many twats are out there but are afraid of being themselves in person.

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @Grant, true story.

  • http://www.brightestblue.wordpress.com Hannah

    I agree. Facebook could just turn into an even crazier place with big flame wars if they feature that button. If you don’t like what your “friends” say, maybe you should hide their status updates.

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @Hannah, exactly.

  • http://aloft.typepad.com amanda

    I just love the fact that you have coined the term Walmartians!

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @amanda, and I’m proud of that!

  • MaureenN

    I’ve often wished for a dislike button at times when other PTO/scout/school moms have posted crazy political things that I don’t agree with (or that are factually incorrect). But, I also know that I wouldn’t actually use it in those situations. I usually stew for a while and either decide to ignore it -or- reply with facts or counter-arguments (and then feel uncomfortable every time I see them IRL after that).

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @MaureenN, sometimes it’s just best to keep our comments to ourselves, something I need to learn more.

  • http://www.secretinnerlife.com submom

    You made a great point here. Although I am surprised (pleasantly) that inside this facade of a tough cynic is a softie. ;-) (Now, don’t kill me…) And, yes, Queens of Passive Aggressiveness, we rock!

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @submom, it’s true, don’t tell anyone :secret:

  • http://bloggochicago.com Barb

    People still look st that PoWM??? I added the Dislike button when it first came out and just as quickly uninstalled it because it was stupid: people could only see it if they had added it, too. Not worth it.

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