Someone’s Family Member Just Died
Oh no! Heather’s Uncle Steve died. Bob’s dog Winston had to be put down. How sad. I want both Heather and Bob to know I empathize with the difficult situation they’re going through. I too have had family members, human and animal, pass away. My heart goes out to them. But can I really, in good conscience, like this status? I don’t want to root on death. What kind of message am I sending here by liking it?

All of us have been faced with this Facebook-related problem at one point or another, and it really is confounding. If you’re super close to someone and a relative dies, you can reach out via text message (or call if you’re that close, a phone call), but for the rest of us, that’s not an option. Instead, it’s find a tiny way to say you care on Facebook or do nothing at all. The like lets the grieving party know you’re aware, but it also may or may not let everyone else know you have poor social skills and don’t know what the like button really means.

Final Verdict: Unless I hang out with the person on a regular basis, I usually don’t like. If I have hung out with the person in the past few months, I’ll usually wait and see what other people do. If a ton like, I’ll like. If lots of people leave “I’m sorry” comments, I’ll do that.

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