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The Dislike Button Is Coming

If news is to be believed, then the ‘dislike’ button is coming soon to Facebook. Now I’m not sure whether I want to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ the idea. But let me try to reason it out here.

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What I ‘like’ about the ‘dislike’ button

If there’s one thing I’ve found creepy on Facebook  (okay, so there are several things I find creepy  but this one deserves a mention today) it is when people use the ‘like’ button for status updates that inform your friends that
– you or someone close to you is ill
– you had an accident
– one of your family members passed away
– you’ve been robbed
– a celebrity passed away.

What’s to ‘like’ about any of those updates? But people use the ‘like’ button to acknowledge that they’ve read your status update and they can’t write a meaningful comment because they
– are in the loo when they read it
– are otherwise occupied (I leave that to your imagination)
– are shocked beyond words
– are taking part in a fast-finger competition
– are just plain stupid and insensitive.

Hopefully, all the people mentioned above can now use the ‘dislike’ button to convey their feelings!

Tony Bradley had a good article out in Forbes about why he dislikes the ‘dislike’ button. Let me share  some of my fears too.

What I fear about the ‘dislike’ button

Like all things that are meant for good, including Facebook itself, this might lead to
– arguments over why you ‘disliked’ a particular update
– people keeping count of who disliked their updates and returning the favour
– more time wasted on Facebook
– trolls having a field day.
Even more worrying are the valid fears raised by social workers in this article on Quartz.

New York City public school social worker Joseph Klein told Quartz: “The dislike button is going to become yet another tool for exclusion and bullying—something that is already a huge concern with regard to youth.”

Now that is truly scary.

Do you like or dislike the idea of a ‘dislike’ button on Facebook? I’d love to hear your views. 

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36 Comments

  1. Colleen B Colleen B September 25, 2015

    I read this as well on BBC I think and I have mixed feelings.:) I know people have been asking for a dislike button and many would probably use it appropriately but I am worried for the bullying it could cause. If a school girl posts a picture for example and all the kids in her class decide t dislike it or something. On the other hand, I wish that we could disable the like button and comments on our facebook posts. There used to be that option and I liked it. πŸ˜‰

  2. Suzy Suzy September 21, 2015

    At present I’m leaning towards disliking the dislike button as I think it’s going to be more trouble than it’s worth. But I’ll keep an open mind about it.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 21, 2015

      Yes, we’ll just have to see how it pans out, Suzy.

  3. anks anks September 20, 2015

    I agree this will become yet another tool of social bullying. I have almost stopped using my personal facebook account because of all the reading between lines that happens there. I have a separate identity as a blogger and interact with people using that… i dislike the idea of the dislike button for all the reasons you mentioned!

    • Colleen B Colleen B September 25, 2015

      I also have almost stopped with FB as well, just use it as a tool really for blogging and writing groups.

  4. Rena McDaniel Rena McDaniel September 18, 2015

    I don’t like it either. What about if you write a sad post and people dislike it does that mean they won’t show it? I think their could just be to many potential problems with it.

  5. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando September 18, 2015

    I love this idea of the dislike button, Corinne, and glad it’s finally in the offing!
    Sorry I’ve missed so many posts here, but taking care of my mom hasn’t left me too much leisure time for using the computer.
    Blessings!

  6. Astrid Astrid September 18, 2015

    I don’t think there’s anything good about the dislike button. It would be useful if Facebook were completely focused on social news, like Reddit or Digg (Digg has the bury button after all). I don’t think it has any use for personal posts other than to be a source of pleasure for bullies and trolls. That being said, I can relate to your issue with people “liking” a post to show sympathy in a negative situation.

  7. Magical Mystical Mimi Magical Mystical Mimi September 17, 2015

    I don’t think a dislike button is needed. If someone doesn’t like your post/photo doesn’t that speak for itself? I do like the idea of an “I’m sorry” button for those posts that you wrote of Corinne.

  8. bellybytes bellybytes September 17, 2015

    I couldn’t be happier with the dislike button. But I also think there should be other options too such as “what a pity” or “cheer up”….. after all there are other ways of showing your support too!

  9. LuAnn Braley LuAnn Braley September 17, 2015

    I’m with you on the ‘what’s there to “like” about bad news’ thing. If it is more than just a casual acquaintance, I take the time to express condolences (or whatever) in a comment.

    I know people have been hollering a long time for a FB ‘dislike’ button, but I, too, see huge potential problems. Just like the problems that some authors experience on Amazon when people write negative and/or ‘1 star’ reviews for books they have not even read!

  10. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan September 17, 2015

    I have similar feelings about it, Corinne – I can see both pluses and minuses to a Dislike button. I am very interested to see how it all plays out.

  11. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson September 17, 2015

    I often write that I can’t bring myself to “Like” some piece of news from a friend, but I share yours and others concerns about the possibility of “Dislike” button’s misuse. We live in a world where folks feel compelled to criticize and air all sorts of negative thoughts about people and situations that are absolutely none of their business. But I guess some of that’s expected when we put our lives out there on Facebook. Thanks for the info.

  12. Alana Alana September 17, 2015

    Initially, I liked the idea. It just seems strange to “like” information like a friend having a car accident, or reading of a setback in a friend’s struggle with a serious illness. But the more I thought about it, and thought about all the bullying that happens on Twitter, for example – I am now dreading this. Facebook has said, in the past, they want to keep things positive. I hope they think this through and come up with something – maybe an I’m sorry button? Just not “dislike”!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      I know just what you mean, Alana. ‘I’m sorry’ sounds like a good one too. πŸ™‚

  13. Debbie D. Debbie D. September 17, 2015

    I agree with you, Corinne on all points. There is a huge potential for abuse here, especially with kids. I’ve never understood people clicking “like” on a bad news post. Facebook has lost much of its allure lately, anyway. πŸ˜›

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      The only reason I’m on Facebook is for the blogging groups, Debbie. I do wish people would be more sensible about how they use all social media.

  14. Michele TravelwithMrsT Michele TravelwithMrsT September 17, 2015

    I do not like the idea of a dislike button. As an educator, I too, worry that it will add to the online bullying that is so rampant already; however, I also urge parents to play a more active role in their child(ren)’s online presence. But, adults can also be bullies online–sad, but true. I feel that if you do not like a post, don’t click the Like button–no need for a Dislike button!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      I agree with you that parents need to be more involved, Michelle. A few months ago, I reviewed a wonderful book on this and said at that time that it must be made recommended reading for parents of all children starting out on social media.
      You might like to take a look at it too: http://everydaygyaan.com/kindness-wins/

      Thanks for stopping by, Michelle.

  15. Mahathi Ramya Mahathi Ramya September 17, 2015

    You covered all the points that i wanted to say.. I like to have dislike button πŸ™‚ But, it might be a reason to worry if its used for bullying others

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      I don’t fear it personally, Mahathi. Just worried that it might be misused.

  16. Leanne Leanne September 17, 2015

    I am a big fan of reducing the negative in all forms of social media. Why give mean spirited people the option of raining on your facebook parade? I think facebook will come up with something a bit different so people can do something other than like/dislike a post. In my opinion, if something bad is happening to a friend, the least you can do is find 2 minutes to put up a meaningful comment.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      I agree, Leanne. I hope Facebook surprises us all pleasantly.

  17. Eli Eli September 17, 2015

    I think I more dislike the idea of a dislike button than liking it:-) dont like the negativity of disliking. If there is a sad status-update, I think people could take the time to write a short comment.. Instead of gathering “dislikes” now… Hahaha…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      Oh yes, nothing like a meaningful comment, is there?

  18. Shailaja Shailaja September 17, 2015

    My sentiments exactly about the dislike button. Even without it people can be snarky and mean. This will just make things worse. Makes me want to stay away from Facebook for longer stints now.

    Then again, people who look for the good will continue to do so, I guess . So let’s see how this goes πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      Right you are, Shailaja. A button won’t make a difference to people’s dispositions, but it’s another tool in the hands of those who are mean.

      We can focus on the good stuff. I just worry about the kids and vulnerable adults.

  19. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo September 17, 2015

    It’s high time for the dislike button to come up!! Much wanted. Just hope it doesn’t led to stupid war on the FB zone.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      I’m curious to know why you want it, Vishal. Do share.

  20. Patricia Patricia September 17, 2015

    I like the idea of a “dislike” button. It conveys a more accurate response when someone posts something along the lines of, say, “I just got robbed this morning.” I remember years ago when an acquaintance liked a post of mine about a recent death of someone. I couldn’t help but reply, “But why did you like this post?”

    I do understand the risks regarding exclusion and bullying, though. That’s a good, thought-provoking, and – yes – scary point.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      Yes, I can only think of the kind of situation you mentioned where one might need the ‘dislike’ button, Patricia.
      I guess we’ll have to wait and watch and pray that people use it judiciously.

  21. Ajay Pai Ajay Pai September 17, 2015

    Haa! That’s quite a news. The “dislike” button. My poor posts. Am sure I would return the FAVOR. πŸ™‚ Already an excel is ready πŸ™‚ hehehe~

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      Shivering in my boots here, Ajay. Am I on the list? πŸ˜‰

  22. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury September 17, 2015

    When I read about this, the first thing that worried me was the bullying bit. Also, more jobless people will add more grist to their already overactive nonsense timewasting mill.

    Ah well. We have a choice. That’s why I don’t hang around Facebook too much. Also, we have to keep on monitoring who’s adding us where without having the courtesy to inform us about it.

    I “like” this post!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 17, 2015

      I absolutely agree, Vidya. Another time-waster, no?

      About the groups, I just called someone out for adding me to random groups without my knowledge. What’s with people doing that and then denying they did it? Dolts!!

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