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Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts

Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts

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  • Everyone will agree with each other that if removing likes can contribute to a healthier social media space, then let's go for it. Apart from the undeniable fact that social media affects our mental health, negatively, but things are getting worst especially in developing and underdeveloped worlds. In

    Everyone will agree with each other that if removing likes can contribute to a healthier social media space, then let's go for it. Apart from the undeniable fact that social media affects our mental health, negatively, but things are getting worst especially in developing and underdeveloped worlds. In these ecosystems the high unemployment rates and low standard of living leave many hoping for a better life ( which many are not ready to work for). Social Media is one place where they visually FEED their anxiousness. Lots of Millennials are going through deep depression because of social media. Back in Asia and Africa I've come across many talented youths and young adults who are suffering from the FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome. When you question them and dig deep in an attempt to understand why they are depressed you notice a commonality: comparing themselves to lots of people they don't even know, people they see only via social media; their biggest reference is Facebook or Instagram. Terrible. Some try to hide the fact there social media is the reference, and when you dig deeper, you quickly come to realise that they are struggling to copy what they see on social media, hence jumping on every trend and feeling unfulfilled, all the time.

  • Facebook has already tried hiding likes on Instagram and early results have been promising. Hiding likes on Facebook would be a huge leap away from addictive design.

  • This feels like one of those things that UX designers and product managers like to obsess over and journalists like to theorize about...but probably doesn’t make that much of a difference at the end of the day. Social will always focus on some engagement metric whether it involves tapping a thumb or not.

  • Facebook gets a lot of flack and is often painted as the villain. I've always believed that the company, and Zuckerberg, truly want to build a better and more healthy social network. I love to see that the company is open to change - it's risky for a multibillion dollar corporation to intentionally change

    Facebook gets a lot of flack and is often painted as the villain. I've always believed that the company, and Zuckerberg, truly want to build a better and more healthy social network. I love to see that the company is open to change - it's risky for a multibillion dollar corporation to intentionally change addictive design, but it's in the best interest of its users' mental health (whether they know it or not). Most other companies would not shoulder this social responsibility. Kudos to Facebook for trying to do what's right 👏👏👏 we're all learning how to live more healthily with technology and it will always be a work in progress, but we're getting there 💪💪💪

  • I love how TechCrunch mentioned "self-censorship"... I've definitely been there.

  • “The expansion of that Instagram test and Facebook potentially trying it in its own app signals that it might have positive or negligible impacts on sharing while aiding mental health, or at least be worth a slight drop in engagement.”

    It could be that mental health is truly being factored in, or there’s

    “The expansion of that Instagram test and Facebook potentially trying it in its own app signals that it might have positive or negligible impacts on sharing while aiding mental health, or at least be worth a slight drop in engagement.”

    It could be that mental health is truly being factored in, or there’s an underlying strategy to channel user fomo into a different direction.

  • It's interesting that here we are tapping thumbs on comments agreeing that we might be better without thumbs to tap up.

  • You know very well FB will continue selling the names of users with a high like count. Even if they say they don't.

  • Actually,I prefer to use Like counts