Why Facebook doesn’t have an “Unlike” button

If you’re not familiar with the Like button on Facebook, or even wondering what Facebook is, welcome to planet Earth, population  6,899,200,000 the last time I checked; and growing.

Off course not all of these people are on Facebook, and I sometimes wish I was one of those who aren’t.

Yesterday a friend posted an update about his concern over his sick child. I was moved to comment when I saw some comments from what can be described kindly as foolish Christians:

Hey he will be healed cos Christ is his healer. 1Peter 2:24

And another:

‎1 peter: 24 by the stripes of christ you shall be healed. Dont worry boi, baby will be fine 🙂

I was concerned that he would follow the advice of these probably well-meaning but seriously misled individuals, so I commented thus:

Dude, take your kid to the doctor. You can always believe afterwards that some sky dude made him get better.

After he replied that he had indeed taken his kid to the doctor, I was relieved; especially since reading about incidences where parents relied on faith to cure their sick children and wound up causing their deaths. I posted:

That’s good to hear…I mean about the doctor. Not so good that he’s still sick. Sometimes these things take time, but it’s best to be practical in these situations. Sorry dude…

That’s when this ignorant fool [Christian, most likely] posted a reply, which I knew immediately was directed at me. It did of course occur to me that he could have actually been referring to the two Christians, but given the context and manner in which it was posted, I seriously doubt this:

Where it the unlike button when you need it?????????

So this explanation is for the benefit of  my ignorant [Christian, most likely] detractor.

The Like button is pretty straightforward: a Facebook subscriber posts a status update and those [usually his/her friends] who like it, just need to press this button. Some people like to elaborate on why they like the status update [which is nice], but it’s not really necessary. Those who don’t like the status update [not usually his/her friends] can use the Comment button to elaborate why, or vent their spleen which is fantastic for others to perve over.

The Like button allows you to acknowledge a status update and visually demonstrate your approval. The Comment button allows you to express your disapproval and serves the same purpose as an Unlike button.

So, you see there’s really no need for the unlike button. Now if only my foolish critic would use the opportunity to express his dislike, rather than question the designers of Facebook.