Like at your own risk…

I will admit, pressing the like button on things quite often causes me some consternation

I will admit, pressing the like button on things quite often causes me some consternation, especially if it is something sad.  I want to support and encourage, please do not get me wrong, but it often leaves me feeling rather uneasy.

I am quite sure that it would not be taken this way, but I recall feeling most conflicted recently when a Facebook acquaintance posted that he had cancer but was determined to fight it.  I wanted to applaud his resolve but would not want to give a big thumbs to his loss of a testicle in the same way I would if someone had posted a video of a  puppy falling over in a particularly cute way.  How can I like just part of it?

But beware, the risk runs deeper and you never quite know how your like might be interpreted.  My wife recently liked an article entitled “Child molesters face internet crack down”, and when I first saw it fleetingly it was somewhat truncated and all I saw was “Mrs Michael likes Childmolesters…”

What if the article had been “Big cock fighting ring smashed wide open” or “Many men now using public transport”.  How would I have felt then?

What if I was to like a news article which spoke of the injustice of being unfairly accused of a crime you did not commit entitled “Being fingered by a snitch ruined my life”.  I think it is most sad that this reservation that consumes me recently prevented me from expressing my thanks for the great work the police in America after reading an online article entitled  “Rape and murder incidents on the decline in New York”.

Perhaps I should just leave a nice comment or send a card…


More things from my brain?

Gift and Song – Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge

After Dark Haiku – 24/9/2017

Screw you, one and all.

Author: Michael

Husband, dad,(ex)programmer, comic collector and proud Yorkshireman. I have no idea why im here or why im writing but i rather enjoy it. no great fan of punctuation;

17 thoughts on “Like at your own risk…”

  1. I totally agree with you. The entire magnitude of thoughts and feelings you get after reading something cannot be expressed through hitting a like button! But sadly, today most rely on this unsocial “socialising” rather than giving an honest comment or feedback.

    Good news or bad news, everything gets a Like these days!!

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  2. I understand the conflict about “liking” a post about a rather sad or unlikeable topic. But when I do click “like” on such a post, doing so is more to tell the writer that I appreciated his/her way of expressing thoughts, opinions, and/or perspectives on what may have been a difficult topic to write about. I hope that’s how it’s taken.

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  3. Exactly my thoughts too. Especially when people post news of a death or something similar and people ‘like’ it . I feel pretty uncomfortable. But maybe they just want to convey that they sympathise and are with them. I refrain from ‘liking’ it though.

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