Dumbing Users Down

“It’s hard to say, but one thing is for sure. The ‘thumbs up/like’ but­ton is dumb­ing us down. It has killed crit­i­cal think­ing and mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sions in the com­ments.”

(Via How the Thumbs Up/Like Button is Dumbing Users Down – UX Movement.)

I see value in having the buttons on outside sites. For instance if I put a Facebook like button on my blogposts it will get shared to the users friends on Facebook. Getting ideas in front of new people, that’s a really good thing.

Internally on Facebook and YouTube it just promotes trolling for likes, that’s where I agree 100%.