Are you discerning with your "likes"?

  1. It's been established many years ago that I rely on "likes" as validation of my worth as a valued member of the Allnurses.com community. As such, whenever I get a "like" notification, I go to my dashboard to see who liked what post (yeah, I told you that I have self-esteem issues).

    A curious thing I've noticed is that some members will just go through and "like" every post that's on a thread they're reading. I wonder why. Are they just so enthusiastic about the subject matter that they're just all "Hell YEAH!!" to every post?

    Alternatively, I will sometimes notice that a particular member will have "liked" several of my posts in several different threads on different boards within a short period of time, and I'll think, "Is Davey Do (or you know, whoever) stalking me?"

    So what are you patterns and criteria for "liking" someone else's posts?
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  2. 157 Comments

  3. by   brownbook
    I'm guilty, usually on threads that are, or have become very humorous, of speed reading and liking every post.

    I'm to lazy to look up and go to every post of someone I've liked or who has liked me.

    I feel sad for myself that I get, or have to get, validation from likes, but I do.

    I like intelligent well thought out posts. I like posts that teach me something or change my mind. I love humorous posts.
  4. by   cleback
    I came here just to like your post.

    Haha... my likes generally mean I found your post humorous or that I agree with you. I may also like a post where I'm quoted to acknowledge that post. I generally don't like every post unless it's a particularly flaming thread.
  5. by   Kitiger
    I "like" a post when I agree with the writer, when I laugh aloud, and - often - when it is well-written whether or not I agree. I like to see the other side, and I like a post that makes me think.

    I do not "like" a post if it is vulgar, or if it expresses strong emotions (hatred, disgust, distain, etc.) with which I cannot agree.

    I usually don't "like" repetitive posts, those that say almost the same thing as the previous poster
  6. by   Rionoir
    I notice some people think WAY too much about likes...
  7. by   CharleeFoxtrot
    Quote from Rionoir
    I notice some people think WAY too much about likes...
    I'd "like" this post but then I'd be contributing to the problem.
  8. by   klone
    Quote from Rionoir
    I notice some people think WAY too much about likes...
    Well, duh. I acknowledged that in the OP. Likes define me.
  9. by   Kitiger
    I like to get "likes"
    So I go to my dashboard
    To see who "liked" me
  10. by   klone
    A few years ago we went to a music festival in Fort Collins, CO, and they had a vendor booth that was "Come Here for Free Affirmations." My husband and I both got an affirmation. I thought his was better than mine, though.
  11. by   thoughtful21
    I "liked" your comments because I was so happy that you (somebody, anybody answered my post. Thanks, klone! <3
    If I recognize a name, and I've liked/agreed with their comments in the past, I'll be more likely to hit like again - if I agree with what they're saying, that is.
    I'm not stalking you, I promise!
    P.S. Please "like" this... LoL
  12. by   Kitiger
    Quote from klone
    A few years ago we went to a music festival in Fort Collins, CO, and they had a vendor booth that was "Come Here for Free Affirmations." My husband and I both got an affirmation. I thought his was better than mine, though.
    What kind of affirmation did he get?
  13. by   JKL33
    Quote from klone
    It's been established many years ago that I rely on "likes" as validation of my worth as a valued member of the Allnurses.com community.
    LOL!

    Yes, discerning "Like-r" here. I save them for times when I pretty much agree with every word or appreciate the sentiment (such as there is disagreement but I want to acknowledge/appreciate the comment).

    Do you feel hurt if someone who usually/often likes your posts doesn't like one, even if they've commented after you? Do you feel bad if you usually like someone's comments but have an occasion where you don't? These are symptoms of a more serious "Like" problem.
  14. by   klone
    Quote from Kitiger
    What kind of affirmation did he get?
    I don't remember. I just remember feeling a bit cheated by mine. His was all profound, and mine was like "You're good."

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