“The Likes” of You

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‘Like’ used to be more optimistic. It was happy with family reunions, weddings, and job interviews. Nestled at the bottom of something grandiose, it was a humble smile. A thumbs up for success.

‘Like’ made its way through family albums, wedding events, and dinners with old friends from college. ‘Like’ was there for the video of your friend playing with the lobsters before supper. It was a funny gesture, something admired and memorable. ‘Like’ valued this in the way it made its presence known.

But then ‘Like’ became popular. Everyone wanted a thumbs up and pictures became desperate. That smiling selfie you took, gazing up at a cell phone camera with newly applied makeup, captured a child’s face rather than an adult. Big eyes, small mouth.  ‘Like’ enjoyed stalking.

‘Like’ showed up to all the biggest parties. Even if it didn’t actually like being there.

The Halloween bash where your friend threw up all over the backseat of your mom’s car? That party was liked. The obituary of a distant relative that was met more than once? That was liked too.

‘Like’ became snarky. Hard edged thumbs felt more like middle fingers. After years of polite smiles, ‘Like’ finally met its match. Dislike was on the horizon.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/coming-soon-to-facebook-a-dislike-button/?hpw&rref=technology&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

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22 thoughts on ““The Likes” of You

    • That is very true. People will find a way to abuse and misuse anything. I wish social media was like Pandora lmbo. . . the more I “dislike” certain types of content the less it shows on my feed! Eh, wishful thinking I suppose.

  1. And that is exactly how Zuckerberg should have made the announcement! “After years of polite smiles, ‘Like’ finally met its match. Dislike was on the horizon.”
    Great post 😀

  2. Ah, the sad story of the meteoric rise and fall of the (in)famous starlet Like.
    The perfectly phrased turning point: “‘Like’ showed up to all the biggest parties. Even if it didn’t actually like being there.” Nicely done.

  3. Great piece. I’ve always been annoyed by people who “like” negative things. “I had the worst day at work!” “(Your Mom) likes this.” It’s a recurring problem that I’ve noticed with older Facebook users. They just click that “like” button to acknowledge what you’ve said and don’t think through the ramifications of you reading: “So and so likes the fact that you have strep throat.”

    The dislike button is long overdue.

  4. Yes, it felt a bit hypocritical liking this post but I ENJOYED it – is that a better word? Words can really hurt so using them so loosely on social media is a potential catastrophe for sensitive people. This is why I think that Facebook is evil – perhaps that word is a little strong? Manipulative, greedy, narcissistic, bullying – and that is just the Facebook company not the oblivious users. All this from a WordPress blogger – no irony there!

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