On social networks, we’re typically offered a means of free speech, but lack freedom over interpersonal behavior. On Facebook, your virtual being consists of a mouth, a camera, a finger to poke people, a thumb to thumb-up others’ content. You are limited to performing these actions and manipulating your digital appendages in ways that the network allows you to.
I am interested in a network that doesn’t provide top-down choices about how we should interact with each other, especially in an arena as open as the web. Although an exodus from Facebook is an obvious option, I am more inclined to subvert from within, at least to begin with.
Liking is acutely psychological; it is approval, empathy, positive reinforcement. It is the most-performed action by users on Facebook. I’m sure that liking increases site traffic and activity, as that is to Facebook’s obvious interest. But what does it do to our interactions, and to us? I could offer my opinions here, but I’m more immediately concerned about taking control of them and our correlating personal psychological experience.
So here you go. This is an option to take modify your social network. It’s an easy way, as taking something away is a smaller technical challenge than adding, but isn’t destruction always easier than creation?