Why do we do this?

There has been something bothering me for a few weeks now, but I have not been able to find the right words for it until now. Before writing the rest of this this I just want to state that the only thing I want to know is why do we do this? Is it some sort of strange laziness…or are we unappreciative?

When someone shares a video from YouTube on Facebook and their friends like it even though they haven’t actually watched it. Why does this happen? Is it the thumbnail you like? I get the impression that I could share the most racist video in the world and people would still like it because it would be entitled “happy fun time” and the thumbnail would be a rainbow unicorn riding through the clouds. If you aren’t going to take the time to appreciate what I have shared with you then what did you gain from liking my post and essentially promoting it further?

This also applies to the people who watch half of a video, like the post and CLOSE THE TAB. For all you know that video could take a very dark turn and you have been an accessory to the people sharing it.

It’s the same with news articles or even my very own blog posts that I share – people don’t realise that I KNOW when they are reading my blog, I know how many “hits” my blog gets so pretending to read my posts won’t work. However the likes do help spread them around Facebook so I really shouldn’t complain, it’s just infuriating when people you know like something you have shared when they haven’t taken the time to read it yet. As with before – it could be a really racist post and they have just supported me.

We all need to be a bit more careful with what we are supporting on Facebook because for all you know…you have just liked a post where your friend has shared a homophobic video. For the love of cats please start actually watching the video’s, reading the articles and descriptions before you like posts on Facebook..otherwise you might find yourself in a compromising situation.

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Author: Jodie Paterson

I’m Jodie Paterson, a 23 year old Edinburgh based blogger who is passionate about blogging, writing, social media and photography. Currently studying Events Management at University, blogging still remains a large hobby of mine.

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