The long-awaited dislike button on Facebook is coming! After years of sticking to no to dislike button, Facebook has revealed it is working on it. The dislike button might come handy to show sympathy for updates about death of friends, pets, being stolen, failing the exams etc. However I am curious about the usage and acceptance of showing disagreement.
How would a poster react to this button when the updates about politics, religion and faith and offend his/her friends? You know that these are delicate matters to share on social media yet people feel the need to do it. Would this button spark a discussion or abruptly end an online or even offline contact? Time will learn. Meanwhile I will monitor this with huge interest. I wonder whether other social networks would follow suit as soon as the button is there.
Last year I cut ties with a study friend because I was offended by her update. I let her know through the comment which she later on deleted. If the dislike button existed then, I would have used it directly. I believe it is easier and politically more correct to use the dislike button showing your sympathy but would you use this button showing your disagreement? And are you willing to explain why?