I hate that I get blasted with mass emails from every single person who was included on a mass message and that there’s no way to unsubscribe from that crap without unsubscribing from email notifications entirely (which is the only way I ever know anybody has said anything to me on FB because I don’t GO THERE without coersion).
But this propensity for people to “suggest” I “Like” this thing or the other
drives me batshit crazy.
I have never “Liked” anything as a result of one of these messages. I have, in fact, unfollowed people for blasting me with them at all.
Here’s a newsflash people,
Likes on Facebook are utterly meaningless.
They are a shallow form of interaction. They don’t give any real indication of popularity. They don’t translate into book sales. It takes someone three seconds (depending on the speed of their internet connection) to go in and click a damn button. They don’t have to read anything to do it. They don’t have to respond, think, or otherwise actually ENGAGE with the content. It’s just a meaningless, socially reinforced click of a button. That’s it. There’s nothing about that experience to make the clicker remember anything about what they clicked. And how often DOES ANYBODY ever go back to a page or something that they “Liked”? Approximately never.
My only conclusion as to why the hell Facebook is so popular anyway is that people have voyeuristic tendencies to want to look in on the lives of people they know (I admit to occasionally FB stalking people from high school to see what they’re doing now), and they want lots of easy forms of alleged “action” to make them feel good and pat themselves on the back for “doing something” and “getting involved”, when they really haven’t done any such thing. It’s a low effort substitute for actually taking some kind of action.
Take politics for example. There are probably a zillion polls and pages about the current election, with probably hundreds of thousands of likes on both sides. A scant fraction of those people are actually going to get their butts out to vote in the real election. But they’re going to think “oh but I did something for the cause”. No. You didn’t. You, at most, expressed an opinion. You did nothing that could lead to actual change or action.
So yeah, all this is a rant to reiterate that I STILL HATE FACEBOOK and stop “suggesting” we “Like” crap!