Clicking Like under something you or a friend posts on Facebook is an easy way to let someone know that you enjoy it, without leaving a comment. Just like a comment though, the fact that you liked it is noted beneath the item. – What does it mean to “Like” something?
The keyword in this is enjoy. I’ve noticed more of my facebook friends sharing thoughts/events that aren’t always cheerful but tragic. Should “Please pray for my parents. They were in a car accident tonight” get likes? Facebook, as well as other social connection tools, has made us open up more publicly. We are no longer broadcasting where and what we are doing, but how we are feeling. Should facebook let us interact with more than just a positive reinforcement such as a like?
Right now fb is a great place to feel good about a new job, a great meal or big accomplishment. If you’re looking for empathy, however, then look somewhere else.