Facebook Like Button

Hundreds of likes wouldn’t be out of the blue if my Facebook post reads that I’m arranging alumni get-together or my wife is with young. One cannot put a stop to hit the like button after having seen eye-catching snapshot not caring whether you know the one who uploaded it or not. I accept as true that Mark Zuckerberg added such feature in his website so that the users can use it as a throwaway gestures for having liked the content.

But in this era of cyber culture, many of us have forgotten that there is inbuilt thinking machine in us which takes no second to make a judgment of what we see. What I mean is that many of us just hit like on no matter what the post is without actually analyzing whether it is appropriate to like it or not. For example, if someone notifies via Facebook that a big cheese passed away then in no minute the post will gain fat likes. Revisit the post and then put your mind in work, what do the likes mean? Does it stand for our happiness over the death of him/her? Yes, from hundred likes, there might be someone who is pleased to find out that the one he/she hates has taken the last breathe, but what about our likes? Or are we acknowledging the one who posted it for the timely information? Again, don’t you find it funny to see hundreds of like with no comment when someone writes, “I’m new to the place and have no friends so can anyone join me to get rid of my loneliness?” It’s akin to saying that we are sending you hundreds of likes, so enjoy the company. A recent post with scores of like on donation box robbery by a monk in Punakha serves a mere example of such foolishness. Are we happy that the monk is successful in robbery, or the temple was robbed, or the monk was caught? What are we trying to convey? I’m confused! Are you not? Haha my article is with more questions than answers mosh. It not necessarily means that all users are same; there are some who spare time to drop comments and some who read but do not partake in giving weightage to the post.

FIG: 2 Million likes for death of Paul Walker 

Few months back I being an administrator invited suggestion from the members on about whether to deactivate the group since it is dormant and served no purpose. It was bolt from the blue that I saw only likes and no single comment, only later a couple of members shared their view not to deactivate it. Are the rest pleased to read that the group will be permanently rub out from Facebook so that they could not stop themselves in giving thumbs-up to the post? I was confused whether to listen to those two members or to go with majority win basis since likes in the post spoke more words than the comments. For a moment or two I judge that many hits like to your post to let you know that they read it; it’s like saying that you will be not neglected for what on earth you post. But what’s the use when you press like to read that he/she is feeling pissed off, feels heartbreaking, under the weather, etc. Therefore, I request all the Facebookers to use the like button meaningfully, in no way playing with the emotion of others or otherwise what will happen to the cyber if brains of people who can shape the cyber depend on it to think for them. Think wisely, use wisely, happy Facebooking.

1 comment:

  1. A big cheese was murdered- many likes, haaha....likes for me has its own interpretation by in itself. For me someone's like has their own opinion so i dont aay over it, but at times its unrealistice to make a note and come across the like button is not serving its purpose in many cases whatever maybe the content. More attractive more likes because people at this time dont have time to scan whole text, simply likes . . thanks for the content and i have also written about facebooking culture...