If Facebook had a Dislike button would you like it even more?

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I am a Facebook user and often hear that one of the biggest complaints among Facebook users is the lack of a Dislike button.  Facebook users ask the “Like” button to do a whole lot.  Sometimes, that can be a real problem, since “like” is the only way to let someone know you saw something on their Facebook wall without writing something or sharing it.

If we can accept that the “like” button is really about letting someone know that you acknowledge what they posted, then we can dispense with the “dislike” chatter that has been going on since Facebook unleashed the thumbs-up “like” button in February 2009.  At its light-weight heart, pushing the button really says “I hear you,” “Uh-huh,” “I acknowledge this,” or “Yup.” It says, “I read this and thought about it for a second.” Frequently, or even most of the time, genuine feelings of positivity are a big part of the “I acknowledge this”—you do like the photo from your friend’s vacation or her witticism about her subway trip home. But genuinely liking it isn’t the driving force behind the click—the motivation is to let the person know that you looked and considered, rather than skimming past her posts to find a cute cat video from someone else.

Now that's cute!
Now that’s cute!

When a Facebook user truly does not like a status update or a photo, the only recourse is to leave a comment or ignore it.  That initiates participation and that keeps users on the site for longer periods of time. Today’s society wants everything FAST and simple.  If you really truly dislike something on someone’s Facebook wall or want to offer your support or sympathy, pick up the telephone and call them!

Before Social Networking, people would interact with their friends by calling them on the phone or dropping by their house for a visit over a cup of coffee.  Now that Social Media is the communication standard, we can acknowledge a post on someone’s wall by clicking the “like” button.

The lack of a Dislike button will always sticks in someone’s craw – and that’s okay. It’s very limiting.  Nobody in the real world walks around “liking” everything.   It’s uncomfortable to see a Facebook friend mourn the loss of a pet or a loved one on their wall and have “liking” what they posted as the only option.

Like? I don't think so
Like? I don’t think so

Every now and then someone petitions to bring a Dislike button to Facebook – and it always turns out to be a scam or a browser add-on that’s only visible to those using a particular browser.

Disliking, simply put is just not a part of the Facebook World. Social media is about connecting “friends” and encouraging interaction. A Dislike button would be the birth of total mayhem. As much as we all would like to have that button, Facebook will never add a “dislike” button.  You can dislike the idea all you want, but since Facebook won’t be giving you the thumbs-down any time soon, you might as well accept it.


Facebook doesn’t want its users to have a negative experience. And if someone disliked grandma’s photo of the cake she baked for the County Fair, that wouldn’t be too positive an experience, now would it? Facebook doesn’t want its users upsetting the apple cart and creating an air of negativity and the company is willing to sacrifice a user’s ability to dislike “Joe Schmoe just had a root canal” to ensure that no one dislikes Jane Doe’s pictures of her new car.


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9 thoughts on “If Facebook had a Dislike button would you like it even more?”

  1. Hey Craig, I cannot tell you how many times I would want to use it. The posts some people put on their wall make you roll your eyes sometimes. I have learned rather than be agitated there is no dislike button to just not comment at all. Commenting often fuels the fire. If you know what I mean. Sherri

  2. Dislike I like, comments sure do fuel the festering brains of people you do not want to meet face to face.

  3. One of the gigantic reasons I do not use social media. Only having a “like” button without the option to “un-like” is a one sided street where everyone is going the same way. There is nothing “unique”, just a row of sheep. That’s not me, I speak my mind, act differently, often just to play the devil’s advocate, Mindblower!

  4. With the way businesses are suing ‘reviewers’ for bad reviews, a dislike button would probably bring on lawsuits. Those are some deep pockets!

    1. How does it “redefine the term like”? That’s nonsense. I would have thought quite the opposite.

      The article discusses the pros and cons of adding a “dislike” button as well as the reasoning behind Facebook’s decision not to, and very well too, in my opinion.

  5. I’ve resorted to using picture comments with someone screaming, pulling out their hair. frowning, crying, flipping the bird, or simply giving it a thumbs down.

  6. Lars, I am sorry you feel that way this is why we all have our opinions. We may not have to agree with others opinions but I will be sure to try harder on my next article.

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