We can like things on Facebook, but not dislike them. Why is that?
And, why, when we want to use an emoticon to reveal how we feel, do we have 20 happy options, 14 sad options and six options in between (bored, tired, meh, etc.).
We can be happy, excited, great, wonderful, blessed, loved, good, awesome, special, hopeful, proud, relaxed, accomplished, pretty (but not handsome), hungry, safe, determined, better, free and curious. These all come with some form of happy-faced emoticon.
Or we can be sad, down, sorry, alone, lonely, lost, depressed, exhausted, confused, angry, irritated, bad, guilty, annoyed and sad. These all come with sad-faced emoticons. (Are alone and lonely, when attached to a sad face, the same thing?)
Is this saying something about who we are? Are we leaning too heavily towards positive? Are we afraid of the opposite – being seen as negative?
I fear we unjustly accuse the realist of being negative. We dismiss the person who questions everything as someone looking for errors. We shun the pessimist. We mock the doubter as cynical.
And we do so while we use little happy faces to tell the world how we feel. I think there is a connection between our inability to share negative reactions and our need to use cartoons to express how we feel. Are we so desperate to be positive that we no longer recognize the need to dislike something?