Enter your name and e-mail address to quickly register to comment and be notified of new articles.
Quick Reg!

one moment please...

Check out the Academy of Reason. Online Courses for the Free Thinking Community!
Blog Home Tags:

Facebook Posts That Play You Like a Fool

image loading... by Bo Bennett, PhD, Social Scientist, Business Consutlant
posted Sunday Feb 24, 2013 12:00 AM

image loading...

Bo Bennett, PhD

Social Scientist, Business Consutlant

About Bo Bennett, PhD

You can read my full bio at http://www.BoBennett.com.

I began to write a post about how people fail to think critically when it comes to Facebook, then I realized that my assumption was unfair. Lack of knowledge (in this case, the technical limitations and advertised "like" formulas of Facebook) is not a problem with critical thinking. So here are some tips in recognizing when you are probably being duped.

1) When you see a photo of a beautiful girl with Down Syndrome, a horribly mutilated troop, maimed animals, or any other photo that tugs at your heart strings or infuriates you, with a caption that specifically asks you to "like", realize that if you do, you are most likely a pawn in the game of someone who is creating popular Facebook business pages and selling them. You may choose to "like" or share the post anyway because you care more about the message than the motivations of the one who created the post, but at least you are aware of the possible, less-than-honorable motivations.

2) When you see a post asking you to "like" or comment within a certain number of seconds, realize that you are NOT being timed. This is a classic psychological technique employed to create a sense of urgency and bypass critical thought.

3) When you are asked to "like" a photo and "see what happens," don't expect anything to happen besides the number of likes to increase by 1. This technique plays your curiosity against your reason (and your reason typically loses).

4) When you are asked to comment on a photo with a special word to "see what happens," don't expect anything to happen besides the number of comments increasing by 1, for the same reason as in #3.

5) When you are given the choice to "like" a post or "ignore if you don't care" or some equally as guilt-inducing statement, realize that you are being played. Confidently ignore these posts knowing that you are not contributing to spreading this emotional blackmail.

Feel free to "like" or share this post, or don't. You have no time limit here, and your choice not to "like" or share this post in no way reflects negatively on you. If you do "like" or comment on this post, nothing miraculous will happen, but maybe, just maybe, more people will be aware of these cheap tricks and fewer people will attempt them.

A man can dream.


Private, Anonymous Comment On This Post (no login required)Your comment below will be anonymously sent to the post owner, it will not be posted, and you will not get a response. To make a public comment, post below (login required).

Send Comment sending comment...

Registered User Comments

Get the Book.

"A delightful combination of straight talk, friendly challenge and a singular absence of bitter ax-grinding... he shows in plain-spoken, engaging prose how his view (and mine!) just makes better common sense.  I just love the section on heaven!  This book is quite and achievement.  Read it!" - Dr. Robert M. Price, Professor of Theology and Scriptural Studies, Host of "The Bible Geek"

Get the book, The Concept by Bo Bennett, by selecting one of the following options:

Check Out Our Secular Online University: AcademyofReason.com

If you spent your life assuming "God" was the answer to all of life's biggest questions, but can no longer believe, you might have many questions that begin with the phrase, "If there is no God..." If there is no God, how did we get here? If there is no God, what's the point of life? If there is no God, where does our morality come from"? If there is no God, won't the world collapse in anarchy with murdering, coveting thy neighbor's wife, and eating shellfish? These are just some of the common questions to which there are good answers. These courses will help you build a strong foundational secular worldview based in science and reason.

Have a podcast or know someone who does? Putting on a conference? Dr. Bennett is available for interviews and public speaking events. Contact him directly here.

About Archieboy Holdings, LLC. Privacy Policy Other Books Written by Bo Contact
 Website Design and Software Copyright 2018, Archieboy Holdings, LLC. 

Component Viewer

A component is the HTML code for a section of a webpage that can be combined with other components to make a complete webpage. Click the component to insert the component code at the bottom of your current page, then customize it.