Facebook shocked the world last week as it launched it’s new reactions—now users are able to not only “like” posts, but also inform people that they “love”, “haha”, and even “wow” them too. Not everyone is thrilled with this new development however, as Hard Copy discovered when we spoke to students about the new features.
“I lost my best friend because of this update,” explains senior Abby Jane. “I posted a selfie of the two of us, and she didn’t ‘love’ the photo—she only ‘liked’ it. How dare she!”
Mark Wilson, fellow Hard Copy writer, explained his own dilemma with the update earlier today. “Well, my good friend’s mother is in the hospital, and I don’t know how to express my support for their situation. If I ‘like’ the post, does that mean I approve of his mother’s hospitalization? If I ‘sad’ the post, what are the implications of that? I couldn’t figure it out, so I was forced to just write what I wanted to say in the comments instead. This update is so limiting.”
One sophomore (who chose to remain anonymous) even confessed that, “I can’t even go on Facebook anymore. I don’t know how to handle the ability to express a variety of emotions—I miss the old binary system of either ‘liking’ or ignoring. Why Zuckerberg? Why?”
At this time, Mark Zuckerberg remains unavailable for comment.
BREAKING NEWS: A new student group has formed on campus, arguing that this update is not as inclusive as it ought to be, and that privileging certain emotions over others is problematic. Utilize #YesAllEmotions to join the discussion on this hot button issue.