Two months ago, I posted a rant about Facebook broadcasting our Likes. The behavior I was complaining about at that time has morphed into something even more annoying. There is a new trend on Facebook that has gotten on my nerves. It is the practice of people posting a picture and captioning it with, “Like if you remember this,” or “Like if you agree.”
Some of these photos are as stupid as a black and white picture of Beaver and Wally Cleaver that says, “Like if you remember them.” And sure enough, the mindless sheep of Facebook users reach over and click that Like button, which only spreads the photo on to more people. I’ve seen a lot of pictures from old TV shows, like the Addams Family and the Munsters. Another common theme is discontinued items from the past, like those little plastic circles that you used to put in the center of a 45-RPM record that held it snugly on the record player. The list goes on and on.
More recently, this annoying trend has expanded into a guilt trip. Last week I saw a picture of a badly burned soldier that said, “Like if you respect him.” If you don’t click that you like it, you’re made to feel that you do not respect him. So, naturally, most people click that Like button, which sends the picture on to their friends. Sure, people need to be made aware of these realities. Certainly everyone greatly respects that man. I just don’t want to be manipulated by this Like ecosystem.
I’ve even seen a picture of a dog that had fallen through the ice on a frozen lake that says, “Like if you would rescue him. Ignore if you wouldn’t.” Give me a break. I don’t care what someone puts in the caption of a picture, I will not click the Like button for any reason whatsoever. I will not be guilt tripped into spreading this madness. I see this as a modern day version of email chain letters and spam.
I don’t know how long this has been going on. It has been made more prominent in recent months after Facebook flipped some switch that began showing photos in your news feed that your friends have liked. This change in website behavior is what has given birth to this annoying picture liking/sharing movement. Personally, I wish they hadn’t made this change. I believe that if a user hasn’t explicitly chosen to share a photo with their friends, then it shouldn’t be displayed. I don’t want to see photos that people have liked.
I especially don’t want for others to see the photos that I like. I have become reluctant to click to Like pictures because I don’t want my friends to be shown the picture that I’m looking at. I don’t approve of Facebook publicizing my likes. It should be a private matter.
Bottom line: I will never click Like on a picture that instructs me to. Period. If only my friends all felt the same way, then maybe we could stop this crap in its tracks.