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.

9 thoughts on “Why Facebook doesn’t have an “Unlike” button

  1. Yo, Lenny
    I have many christian ‘friends’ on FB, but among the most reverentially vocal about it are two who make their living & support their families from religion (one is an academic theologian, the other a catholic documentary producer) and because of that I tend to shut up, though I confess to sneaking in the odd Jesus&Mo, or links to homeopathy debunking, etc, just to balance things out a little.
    All thanks to people like you who are encouraging people like me (more timid, less vocal?) to speak out.
    Best wishes,

    • Hi Judith,

      Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.

      I have close family that are Christian; two aunts and some cousins, many friends and colleagues at work. Even though I respect them, I refuse to keep quiet about their beliefs, when they bring up the topic. If they don’t talk about their religion, then I’m quite happy to shut up. Off course this applies to my family and friends who are of other religious persuasions as well, most notably Hindu.

      It brings me great joy to know that there are many other skeptics like you out there.

      Keep the fires burning…

  2. “If they don’t talk about their religion, then I’m quite happy to shut up.”

    I don’t get it. Why wouldn’t they discuss their religion?!
    BTW. atheists always attack Christians and their beliefs. If u are atheist, and believe in nothing, talk about nothing. I believe in God, and I can talk about Him. If u mind, go somewhere else. You don’t have to like it. Just STOP attacking Christians already.
    we do have right for that, u know

    • Hi lamp,

      You can talk all you want about your god; just do it in the privacy of your home. When you spread your beliefs around in the public domain, then you are interefering with MY RIGHT to not be bothered with it. And when I’m bothered with it, I will speak out about it.

      So there, all sorted out. You and I can both have our RIGHTS.

      BTW: Atheists don’t believe in nothing. We just don’t believe in anything for which there is no evidence.

  3. You are the ignorant one. Nobody suggested neglecting medical care over prayer. Of course your friend would take his child to the doctor. They were merely offering spiritual encouragement. As a parent who takes great comfort and strength in prayer as well as medical expertise I am offended. I am so sick of athiest bashing people who believe in a higher power as religious zealots. Live and let live!

    • Hi Ann,
      You take great comfort in medical care for the same reason the Pope rides around in a bullet-proof vehicle in public. Your faith in this higher power is not as strong as you’d like to think.

      But thanks for acknowledging that prayer just serves to give you “comfort and strength.” Those of us who don’t use it, are probably privileged to get our comfort and strength from elsewhere; perhaps we’re more “blessed” that those who actually pray!

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