Social media has been ridiculed lately. Online bullying has worsened, leading some users to experience serious self confidence issues. Some blame Facebook for the fake news being spread on the Internet. The presidential election may have ended differently if Facebook would have filtered the fake news on the network.
|Why Are People Putting Hearts On Facebook?|
The hearts being share on Facebook remind us that social media can be used in positive ways. There are people around the world who listened to the advice in their Facebook feed and scheduled a doctor's appointment. For some, that doctor's appointment saved their life.
|Breast Cancer Prevention|
While many users are participating in the game, others are expressing frustration:
This fucking heart thing on Facebook is annoying. Trying to make breast cancer awareness cool? Just out right remind someone to check...— Sara (@SaraInLaLaLand) January 6, 2017
The following tweet shows that the game has influenced additional social media trends:
Facebook are posting ❤️ for cancer awareness.— Hearts♡Apart (@_HeartsApart_) January 5, 2017
We're posting 💔 broken ones for alienation awareness. Thanks @MarieTheThird 😘
While it's difficult to be negative about spreading breast cancer awareness, the following tweet makes a valid point:
No, Facebook. I will NOT put a heart on my wall and refuse to tell anyone why, because that is NOT RAISING AWARENESS OF BREAST CANCER, FFS.— Emma Tofi (@EmmaTofi) January 4, 2017
The game is following Snapchat's logic. The more exclusive something initially is, the most popular it will eventually become.
Snapchat started out as a sexting app for teens and now everyone has an account. The game started out small as a secret and now the hearts on Facebook are trending.