There is tons of popular demand on Facebook for something called a “dislike” button. On a Facebook post, one has the option to “like” something that someone posted. This act alone has given a different connotation to the word “like”, which I approve of. I remember back in middle school if I used the word “like” to describe someone, people thought that I had a crush on the person, regardless of my actual opinion. It just so seemed to me that ever since Facebook became popular (about when I entered high school) people didn’t run down that train of thought so much anymore.
Sometimes people will see posts relating to something that they don’t want to “like”, but don’t want to disregard either. Perhaps someone made an ignorant status, or perhaps there is a gory picture of a mistreated farm animal from a pro-vegan site. Instead of “liking” things like this, perhaps one would want to “dislike” it.
I see a couple of problems with this. For starters, I don’t think that Facebook should be encouraging negativity like that. Sure, you could say that people shouldn’t friend people on Facebook unless they actually want to talk to them. Socially awkward people who don’t have that many friends may want to add everyone they know or know of despite their true opinions of those people so that when they actually do want to talk to someone/add someone on Facebook, they have 200 or so friends and not 20. There sometimes happens to be a social stigma against people who have less than 100 “friends” on Facebook: they are weird, they are anti-social, etc. I have over 400 “friends” on Facebook and I actually interact with about 20 or 30 of them. Said socially awkward person may want to add a certain amount of friends to avoid putting himself into a quagmire.
On the same token, though, if there were to be a dislike button, bullies of said socially awkward person may go around his wall and dislike a bunch of things just for the sake of spiting him. This may not be very good for the socially awkward person for obvious reasons, people might ignorantly look at his wall and see a bunch of dislikes everywhere. They might think negative things about him. And it just doesn’t feel great to see that everyone is disliking your things. Gangs of “dislikers” wouldn’t only affect “socially awkward” people, either. They could be cast upon anyone. All in all, I do not support the idea of a “dislike” button. I feel as if it’d subconsciously move people in a negative direction in the same way that I feel the “like” button has subconsciously moved people in a positive direction.