Facebook is finally listening to popular opinion and bringing us the Dislike button we’ve all been waiting for.
For more than six years, we have had that tiny “Like” button below every Facebook status and photo. We just click on it to show we like the post, but the truth is that not everything that our friends and friends of friends post is likeable.
For this reason, Facebook users have been asking for a “Dislike” button and Zuckerberg answered their pleas last Tuesday.
In an internal corporate town hall Q&A meeting, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the Facebook “dislike” button will be available soon. Zuckerberg said that he believes that “not every moment is a good moment” so the “dislike” button is now in the works so that Facebook users can also express their empathy on posts that are upsetting, sad or both.
While some Facebook users rejoiced at the news, others were not really happy about it. Whichever side you’re on, here are the top 10 Facebook statuses we can’t wait to “dislike.”
The poster of #IWokeUpLikeThis photos post selfies of their glammed up selves, with not a strand of unkempt hair and a perfectly made up face, with the hashtag #IWokeUpLikeThis. Seriously? When I wake up, my hair is all over the place, but maybe that’s just me…
Please don’t get me wrong: If you’re headed to the gym to really work out and maintain a healthy body, I won’t just give you the thumbs up by clicking the “like” button.
I will salute you with a Minion-saluting sticker. However, if you’re some kind of gym rat who posts about every detail of your “painstaking but always worth it workout habits,” – stop. Your posts come across as “Tell me I’m so hot and praise my gorgeous body.” I know gym-goers who don’t feel the need to share their rigorous gym schedule and crazy workouts with the world. Maybe you should add them as a friend on Facebook and learn this lesson from them.
The vaguebooker is a person who posts really vague status updates with the intention of prompting friends to ask them, in the comments section, about what exactly is going on.
Vaguebooker: I SOOO hate what’s going on right now!
Concerned Friend #1: Why? What’s going on?
Concerned Friend #2: You okay? Need to talk?
Concerned Friend #3: Please don’t give up. You can do this.
The thread goes on where really concerned people offer their help while the vaguebooker smiles from their computer screen thinking, “How long can this possibly last?”
Facebook is Facebook and Twitter is Twitter. Hashtags are specifically made for Twitter. While I do not see any reason to dislike a post with just one hashtag (it’s somehow understandable and a bit acceptable), the following posts should be avoided at all times:
“Going to see a movie. #movie, #moviedatewithmylove, #soexcitedtowatch, #blessedtobewithbeau”
“Studying for my finals! #sostressed, #ihopeipas,s #finalsweek, #iwillmakeitwithflyingcolors”
Not a day goes by without this kind of poster sharing another status about how they hates their job. This is seriously concerning as we’ve read news about people getting fired from their jobs because of unprofessional public rants on Facebook about their jobs.
We wake up to this poster’s posts flooding our newsfeed with posts like:
“I love you so much and I just can’t live without you.”
“No matter what happens, I will always love you.”
“You are my one and only love and I will spend the rest of my life with you.”
While we are happy to know that there are people who are still in love despite everything that’s going wrong in the world, we believe it’s only right for them to stick to private messaging or texting—or calling each other. Just not on Facebook.
The TMI poster usually posts about things that are better left within the confines of a closed room. For example: “I’ve left my thong under your bed, (insert name here)”.
We don’t know why TMI posters still don’t realize that their friends (if not the public) can actually read their post with way TMI. I hope they realize by now that we don’t want to know about their recent hook ups or their favorite sex position.
Also known as humble braggers, these posters usually flood our newsfeed with posts about things that they have that they are VERY thankful for. This includes posts like:
“I am so blessed to have a husband who takes care of me. #perfecthusband”
“SOOOO thankful for my intelligent children! #perfectkids #blessed”
“Going on vacation to the Galapagos Islands with the beau! Can’t wait! #soexcited #galapagosislandhereicome”
There’s nothing wrong with being thankful, but the way we express gratitude shows whether we’re sincerely thankful or we just want to show off.
“The worst day ever! #IDontWantToTalkAboutIt”
Well, if you don’t want to talk about it then don’t! However, the poster’s friends and concerned netizens of the world will have flooded the comments sections with words of sympathy, empathy and everything in between. 100 comments later, the poster responds: “I don’t want to talk about it!”
What can you say?
How many of us have come across this type post in our newsfeed and felt torn between sharing and not sharing? We don’t want to go to hell, so some of us share it until it becomes a pointless viral post in Facebook, benefiting no one.
There will always be that friend who posts or shares statuses like the ones discussed above. Should you like it or dislike? The decision is yours. Just keep in mind that words are powerful. Let’s spread kindness instead of hate, and if the dislike button will make the situation worse, we can just log out instead.
What other statuses are you waiting to Dislike? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Maine Belonio is a twenty-something mom and writer who has a penchant for coffee, long distance running, Tolkien, Switchfoot, and Jesus.
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