A unique feature of Facebook is that it lets its members interact with posts using reaction buttons. This has gained so much popularity that other apps like LinkedIn could also be seen following this feature. Well, after all, it’s a nice feature! However, Facebook added its latest reaction on both the Facebook and Messenger apps last month.
At first, only the thumbs up icon was there, making us like even the posts that we disliked. I won’t be lying if I say that we were getting bored of giving thumbs up! Anyway, the reaction buttons later introduced in 2016 let users show a wide range of emotions, such as love, laughter, sadness, and anger, other than a mere mere thumbs up, at a post. These reactions were happily embraced by the Facebook user community because everyone was tired of the overused thumbs up reaction. And, well, not everything everyone says deserves a thumbs up, right?
Well, after a long time, Facebook added a new reaction last month. This, called the “Care” reaction, quickly gained popularity throughout the Facebook community.
However, there’s still a group of people who are mad at not having that reaction on their apps while the others keep annoying them by reacting to their posts with the ‘care’ reaction. People are surely bored during the quarantine! (I might just have given you an idea to try out on your friends without the care reaction. Thank me later!)
This reaction is a smiley character hugging a heart. According to Facebook, the purpose of it is to show that everyone cares for each other during this pandemic situation.
As explained by Facebook’s Fidji Simo:
“This idea of a hug reaction came back consistently as one of the emotions and feelings that were missing from Reactions, so that’s something that was always on our minds. And with the crisis that we’re going through right now, there’s no doubt that people need more compassion, more support.”
“[COVID-19] is going to help us really understand how people are using it, whether they are finding value and whether this reaction is really specific to the moment in time that we are going through or if it’s more evergreen. Based on that, we’ll decide whether we keep it or whether we remove it at the end of this crisis.”
Many people have their own opinions regarding this newest addition. Some also said the million times repeated “all we wanted is an eye-rolling reaction”.
Anyways, let’s look at some of the interesting responses to this addition.