When the new Facebook reactions—which included love, anger, like, sadness, etc.—came out last week, the world's leading social networking website got mixed reactions. Most users were thrilled and even happy that we can now have variations when expressing ourselves after reading and watching various posts on Facebook. However, there were also a bunch of people who were disappointed that the company didn't include the dislike button, something users have been asking for for a long time already.
Just like us, one social media user thought this isn't really a good idea. Paper Towns star Cara Delevingne explained why she thought the dislike button on Facebook is a bad idea in her interview with Sunday Times Style. "If you can go around disliking someone's pictures, that is going to set off a whole new wave of bullying. These companies are making so much money, they just want the new thing," she explained. (via Seventeen.com)
She has a point. We already have a lot of reports wherein people commit suicide and even isolate themselves because of how much bullying they get online. It's just as bad as when these people are bullied in school, at home, or outside the comforts of the World Wide Web. The perfect example? Celebrities. Even without the Facebook dislike button, they are already getting hurtful comments and words that are scarring and even heartbreaking. If the dislike button existed, things just might blow off.
Cara added and reminded all of us about the most important rule we should live by when working on and coming up with new things. "If it's something that is going to cause people harm, I really think we should steer against that. Like away, but if you have a bad thought about someone, keep it to yourself," she said.
"If it's something that is going to cause people harm, I really think we should steer against that. Like away, but if you have a bad thought about someone, keep it to yourself."
We're also glad and thankful that even Facebook thinks this dislike button isn't really necessary. Facebook's director for product design also mentioned on a blog post that "people need a much higher degree of sophistication and richness in what choices we provide for their communications. Binary 'like' and 'dislike' doesn't properly reflect how we react to the vast array of things we encounter in our real lives."
Rather than automatically disliking something or someone online, wouldn't it be nicer if we engage in discussions that promote a better understanding on the topic? If we dislike a photo or a video or any post, wouldn't the world be a better place if we just kept our feelings to ourselves instead of posting hateful comments and clicking on a dislike button? There's just too much negativity in the world and the WWW already, so let's all strive to promote something positive instead—online or offline.
What do you think? Should this dislike button go live? Let's talk in the comments. We always love hearing from you. :)