Monday, November 9, 2015

The Game of Social Media Likes

Some days I just shake my head in disbelief.  The communication we now employ among others in our civilization is not really communication.  It is a fake put on smile.  It is a fake series of keystrokes designed to make everyone believe it is useful and valid.

It is a game of social media likes.  It is a game of making people think that somehow a "like" or a "share" on Facebook equates with communication, caring, and support.  Sure, maybe I'm being a little harsh on this, but it sure feels this way at times.

Of course Facebook does its best to promote this practice, because the more each user comes back to their Facebook page, the more valuable they are to Facebook.  There is a reason why it is set up this way and the "like" button feeds into that process.

However, if all you do is "like" and "share", its like calling someone up on the telephone and then hanging up on them.  Almost like saying, I thought of you, but I'm not talking to you.  In some ways, it is very rude, but yet we see it as a common day acceptable practice.

Am I saying that you should not like or share anything on Facebook?  No!  I'm just saying, find some moderation and balance.  Find a way to comment and communicate, not just do the drive by like and share a platitude and run.

Make your interaction on Facebook meaningful.   If people really mean as much to you as you portray, try to show it.  Try to make it real.  Don't just settle for a quick like or share with absolutely no interaction with your friends.

Of course, this goes for more than just Facebook.  It applies to Twitter, text messages, email chains and everything else electronic.

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