You may have heard recently that Facebook was finally going to give in to demands by Debbie Downers and make a Dislike button. Well, they’ve done it … sort of. The social media site is launching “Reactions” which Mark Zuckerberg announced would be “a more expressive Like button.” The website is asserting that “Reactions gives you new ways to express love, awe, humor and sadness. It’s not a dislike button, but it does give you the power to easily express sorrow and empathy — in addition to delight and warmth.”
The new Reactions emoji (and let’s face it, that’s what this is – the reduction of emotional expression to a cute cartoon face) include a smiley face, a surprised face, and a love-heart. The new feature is being tested this week in two countries well-known for their expressions of emotion: Ireland and Spain [insert stereotypes here].