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Wednesday, June 19
The Indiana Daily Student

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EDITORIAL: Don’t just say you “like” the new facebook reaction feature

Facebook, in a new attempt to make us more obsessed with our online persona, has expanded upon the “like” feature with new reactions. Now users can respond to posts with “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,” “Sad” and “Angry.”

We are going to miss the simplicity and ambiguity of the traditional “like.” If we have more complicated emotions, that’s what the comments section is for.

Facebook has a history of monitoring our emotions. The New York Times reported that in 2012 Facebook conducted a study on its users to determine how different types posts affect your emotional state. 

Facebook adjusted the number of positive or negative posts that popped up on random users’ newsfeed. The study found that the moods were contagious. We knew we should have read that Terms and Conditions. 

Even though we are pretty sure this is just another way for Facebook to determine our receptiveness to marketing, we thought of some other reactions you might need when conversing online.

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