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?