I too read about the "Like/No Like" experiment on Facebook some time ago and tried it -- for a week. Even that brief effort was enough to make me wonder...especially about my need for approval, which seems to have ramped up in recent years. (One of the blessings of a loving spouse is fairly frequent exchanges of expressions of approval. With DH gone, and the kids on their own, those are pretty sparse around here. Pookie-cat just isn't of a mind to fill in the gap!)
My daughter writes -- and I quote:
I was intrigued.And she leaves us with this:
I decided to take the same challenge.
Four months later, I have still not 'liked' a single post....
Is my need to know and be known just the tension that comes from living on one side of the screen?Hmmm....
Or is it more than that?
Since my own brief experiment with "no like", I've found I've made small changes in the way I respond to the comments of my FB friends and acquaintances. First, I find myself pausing more often before I click "Like" -- or not. Often, I choose not to click -- not because I don't like what's been shared, but because I sense that my response is inconsequential or not required, rather like the response to a rhetorical remark or question.
When I do choose to click "Like", I often comment as well -- responding with more than a nod and a smile, as it were.
And sometimes I find myself starting a comment...and then erasing it because I can't put into words on a screen/page what I'd say in person. Sometimes what I'd say would come off as insensitive, sarcastic or down-right offensive without the body language that accompanies a face-to-face encounter. Emoticons help, but they can't replace full bodily expression.
What about you?