A Friend on Facebook posted a photo that I thought was cool. I clicked ‘Like’ and shared it. For the next several minutes I clicked ‘Like’ on other posts by other Friends and Family. There were of course, some posts that I didn’t like, nor did I share them. Sometimes I make a comment, and sometimes I don’t. That’s kind of typical for me.
What do I mean, what am I saying, when I click ‘Like’ on a post? Of course it really depends on the type of the post. If it’s something about a special event; such as a birthday, new birth, wedding and so on, I am most likely saying: “Happy Birthday”- “Congratulations” or even – “Wish I was there.”If the post is regarding a sad moment in a Friend’s life, and I click ‘Like’, I’m not saying; “I’m glad you’re sad.” I am saying; “I’m here for you.” “I feel your pain.” “I’m praying for you.”
More simply however; when I click ‘Like’ on a post, I am saying: “I saw your post.”No one. Me included, likes, dislikes, agrees or disagrees with everything that is posted. I have my own taste of humor or music. Some things I find inspiring and others depressing. As a Christian, I tend to shun the vulgar. My personal values or standards forbid me from clicking ‘Like’ on specific posts that I may find inappropriate with regard to: Religion, Politics, Race, Ethnic Origin, Gender, Sexual Orientation and others. Most of the time, I ignore a post I don’t like or don’t agree with, and move on. I don’t write a two page contrasting opinion or worse, un-friend the person who posted it. If I un-friended everyone who has ever posted something I didn’t like, I’d have no Friends on Facebook and more than half of my Child-hood Friends and Family would never speak to me again.
So… Why have I written this today? Why have I stated the obvious and posted it here? Maybe this is for me. Maybe I needed to write these words and then read them. Maybe I just need to be reminded of why, how and for what purpose I use Facebook.I will continue to ‘Like’ or not like your posts. I will comment, or not comment. I will continue to enjoy being a part of your life as you post photos, videos, news and stories. I will laugh, cry, and pray, morn and even counsel with you.