I know that just last week I complained about a Facebook phenomenon but I can't help it - I'm annoyed again. And this time it's because of the abundance of "If I get X-many likes, my husband/wife/boyfriend/dad will do ____ for me!" Or "let me get/do _____". What is the power of a like? And do any of these people keep their promises if the number of likes are received?
I don't have any kids, but if I did, I certainly wouldn't want them to post a picture on Facebook saying, "please forward this to 1,000,000,000 potential kidnappers/weirdos and my dad will buy me a pet."
And what about the ones that say, "If I get X-many likes, my wife will consider having another baby." A BABY!? Because of Facebook?? "Well honey, we had you because 500 strangers 'liked' the idea. Otherwise we would have been done after your brother and sister. That's why your middle name is News Feed."
These people aren't serious, are they? In just ONE scroll through my Facebook timeline this evening, I saw four of these:
Not one to be left out, here are some I've come up with. Should I post them?
What is a "like" worth to you? Or a "share"? Is a "share" worth more than a "like" in Facebook bucks? And what about a comment? Why is a "like" worth more than a comment? I don't understand Facebook currency. But I do know that "likes" are worth more than conversation (about having another baby), or committing to being responsible (for a pet), and they are definitely worth more than dignity (acting like a fool in public).
"Likes" have a lot of power, that much I've learned this evening. Maybe more power than they're worth.