Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would be releasing the long-awaited dislike button feature. It seems as though CEO Mark Zuckerberg will finally be giving people what they want.
“Some people have asked for a dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘that thing isn’t good’, and we’re not going to do that… I don’t think that’s socially very valuable, or great for the community,” stated Mark Zuckerberg last year.
However, Zuckerberg has recently come to terms with the idea that not everything in this world has to be good. This might be the reason why he decided that a dislike button could in fact be added to the popular social network.
Many people disagree with Zuckerberg’s decision. For them a dislike button will lead to destroying friendships, aggressive behaviour, online bullying, and projecting too much negativity into the world.
It is possible that people have become over-sensitive in the past decade. Even a small change such as the dislike button, that could project some negativity and pit people against one another, is something that must be avoided at all costs. We have become so used to only receiving ‘thumbs up’ on this platform that the though of someone not being on our side scares us more than it should.
Nowadays upbeat or positive thinking is practically drilled into our heads. Even though positive thinking is not a bad thing and it has many benefits, a new research suggests that it could also have a big flaw.
If people suppress their negative feelings, that will ultimately lead to a distorted view on reality. Avoiding negativity at all costs makes it impossible to take a realistic look at problems.
The research found that telling people to stay positive, often has an opposite outcome: they end up feeling worse. When people are unhappy they immediately think that it is their fault for not being more joyful. But they should know that feeling sad is not a crime.
Other companies have already implemented the so-called ‘pre-mortem’ techniques. The pre-mortem requires people to think as negatively as possible when they begin a project in order to spot flaws at an early stage. With the help of this technique the flaws are fixed and future problems are successfully avoided.
Facebook’s dislike button might not be such a bad idea after all. It could help people think more realistically and hopefully get over their fear of negativity.
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