However, the ‘emoji’ buttons that are set to replace the ‘dislike’ button are equally as useless. Whilst it is obvious that not everything in life is to be ‘liked’, and some people use Facebook as a means to inform their friends and family of negative events, there is a sense of laziness and apathy that comes with the use of these buttons. The reason the ‘like’ button works so well is because it allows for a quick acknowledgement of something good, which people are less likely to do in an unfortunate situation, hence why these ‘reactions’, which include emojis such as ‘haha’, ‘yay’, and ‘sad’ seem pretty pointless (especially when we have the option to just comment on the status).
Surely we are better off simply communicating with each other, rather than misinterpreting what someone means when they ‘love’ your status about your cat dying – are they sending love, or are they genuinely happy about the news? No one will know. Although the ‘dislike’ feature works on other popular websites such as YouTube, the anonymity that comes with it is what allows people to remain, for the most part, unaffected by people’s opinions. Having people you know react in a way that can be misunderstood may complicate relationships. This begs the question, will anyone actually bother using this new feature? Only time will tell…
By Hayley Andrews
We can all appreciate the times when a simple ‘like’ isn’t quite going to cut it. It has become a truth universally acknowledged on Facebook that a ‘like’ did not always mean someone actually approved of the status – it came to take on different meaning when applied to the context. For example if someone shared sad or unfortunate news, Facebook ‘likes’ came to mean support, as opposed to being synonymous with enjoying the situation.
So, when the development of a Facebook dislike button was announced, to me it signalled that the worker bees up at Facebook HQ had seen that the ‘like’ button alone wasn’t going to suffice and they were going to offer us an improvement.
Now they have expanded the development and are giving us something even better – the new ’emotional’ buttons. These buttons (which are going to express feelings we can all relate to on a spiritual level such as ‘haha’, ‘wow’ and ‘yay) show that Facebook is listening to people’s requests for an attempt at a more human range of emotions. For me the dislike button would have been the beginning of an increasingly real social media – and now these emotional buttons are going to help us express ourselves though something other than just the infinite optimism of the ‘like’.
By Molly Evans