The Social Network Phenomenon Creating More Options For Users’ Emotions

By BRIAN MARTIN

Copy Editor

 

Facebook appears to be letting users explore new ways of documenting their feelings about a post.

Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company has been working on an alternative option to the “like” button at the company’s California headquarters during a public Q&A event for users to have more options of expressing themselves.

Users have become accustom to saying that they like a post by just pressing the “like” button. If not, they would be able to leave a negative comment below the post.

“I think having a ‘dislike’ button will cause an issue towards Facebook users because if you don’t dislike something, don’t say anything about it, just move on and don’t say anything,” said Patrick Raskopf, junior.

If a user does not like a certain post, he or she is not obliged to say anything about it. The “like” button is also not a mandatory function for users.

This new “dislike” feature seems to be Facebook’s way of adding more ways of allowing users to communicate about their emotions with others if they desire to do so.

“I don’t really see the point of a ‘dislike’ because…I mean the whole point of ‘like’ on Facebook is that you like something or you don’t,” said Alex Jordan, sophomore. “So if you like something, you press ‘like’ and if you don’t want to like it, you just don’t press ‘like.’”

An alternative option to the “like” button has been requested by Facebook users for a few years now and the company seems to be finally fulfilling that demand.

“I’m 24 years old and I remember when they first came out with it. I guess I was a senior in high school, so I know people have been saying they’ve wanted it for a long time,” attested Hart Pisani, senior.

With no release date announced yet for the “dislike” button, Facebook users can only wonder whether or not the final product will be a success or a failure.

Brian Martin

Brian Martin is a senior majoring in multimedia journalism with a minor in social media. Having been a part of iPulse since his freshman year, Martin has been in different positions such as assistant editor where he has had the opportunity to learn new skills that will benefit him in his future career. After graduation, Martin hopes to work in Los Angeles as an entertainment reporter covering industries such as video games and movies. This past summer, he had the opportunity to write for the Miami Herald and Rise News, covering local stories in the Coral Gables or South Miami area. He is also a nerd at heart, playing video games and reading comics in his spare time.

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