I woke up to the news today that Facebook are adding a dislike button, this has caused me to kind of face-palm at peoples naivety. I understand that the intention of the button is to show empathy to a negative situation but I’ve seen these buttons on other social media platforms and every time it’s used to down-rate something. Where the like button was used to show solidarity the dislike button is going to evolve, or better yet devolve into a way of down rating people.
I am well aware that Mark Zuckerberg wants to avoid a Reddit style system of voting and devoting and he wants to introduce this button so people can show empathy for negative events. This is a sensible idea for sensible people, but not everyone is sensible. Ninety nine percent of people will use this button in the appropriate way but it’s not them I’m worried about it’s the 1%, the people who don’t think about what they do. I am someone who up until recently has felt very insecure about myself and the thought of a dislike button existing doesn’t bother me but the 16 year old me would be terrified by it.
Facebook are a successful company who are in touch with their customers and they seem to be taking this idea pretty seriously, so maybe they will allow individuals to disable the dislike button, or maybe make its age specific. I am probably panicking over nothing, who knows this will maybe toughen people up in a world where PC has run rampant, but just remember anyone can have a thousand good comments but it only takes one negative to rip them down. So in closing I thought I would part some words of wisdom that we can all relate too – ‘ With great power comes great responsibility.’
Categories: Social Media