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What does “like” really mean?

Submitted by on March 12, 2011 3 Comments
social media has brought sharing and liking to a whole new level

Thank you Facebook.  Ever since I was a child I knew what the word “like” meant.  Now, the word “like” has taken on a completely new context because of the prevalence of social media.  As a child, I liked people, places, and things, which simply meant I enjoyed them.  Now, I get to “like” things on the net.  But what does “like” really mean?

For example, I have been reading about the horrific tragedy that has recently befallen Japan with the massive earthquake and tsunami.  I have read several stories about the situation unfolding in Japan and found them to be engaging and compelling.  This created a bit of a quandary for me.  Do I “like” them?

By “liking” something, am I endorsing the topic, tragedy, or the ability of the author to write a very good article?  I really must admit that I feel awkward when I “like” an article about a tragic event or anything that is not positive.  Am I completely missing the boat on the concept of “liking” something?  How do I show my appreciation to the author or the website for the content they are providing without seeming to endorse or supporting a topic that I am in strong opposition to or is related to some tragic event?

I do not think I am the only person who has a hard time “liking” an article about a tragic event simply based on the amount of “likes” that I see on so many recent articles.  Maybe on these types of articles, we should start a new craze that instead of liking something we could show our support with a button that says, “Like the article, but not the event.”  I know this is not very practical, but you get the idea.

So is what you “like” clear in your mind?

By no means am I suggesting that you should not “like” this posting or blog ;-)

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