Facebook Reactions get mixed reactions from students

By Rebecca Goss and Erin Hesselink

Like it or not, Facebook’s “like” button has got company.

On Feb. 24, Facebook rolled out “Reactions”, five new buttons – “love”, “haha”, “wow”, “sad” and “angry” – for users to express emotions beyond “like”.

The change was in response to users’ complaints that certain statuses, such as one about a death in the family, weren’t fitting for a “like”. Posting an emoji in the comments or actually writing out their condolences was simply too difficult, apparently.

We went to Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre to find out what students really think about these new options, and they had some pretty strong reactions. Pun intended.

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