Facebook ‘I Like It’ statuses have become a growing phenomenon. Of course, the Facebook I Like It statuses have left a lot of room for interpretation. Men, in particularly, thought they had a good – and dirty – idea of what it meant. Yet the trend has nothing to do with where women want to have sex, and concerns something that is far different, and more serious. Of course, the true meaning of the Facebook I Like It status is still a little bizarre.
Ever since the month started, women on Facebook have posted quotes like ‘I like it on the floor’ ‘I like it on my desk’ ‘I like it on the couch’ and so on. Of course, many people assumed that it had someone to do with sex, and where women wanted to have it. But finally, the true meaning emerged yesterday, and is even more of a head scratcher.
According to the Washington Post, the Facebook I Like It Statuses don’t refer to sex as the “it” In fact, it has to do with something more benign – a woman’s purse. However, that is not the end of the mystery.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Facebook is out to help raise awareness. Therefore, the mission of these new statuses is to draw attention to the breast cancer fight. Yet this makes it even odder that the “I Like It” teases have to do with purses – which aren’t the first thing one thinks about when concerning breast cancer.
Facebook has used odd tactics to raise awareness before, however. Last year, the hot new status in October was for colors, leaving many confused. Yet women were actually giving out their bra colors, which actually is a clear tie-in to the breast cancer fight. But having the new status refer to purses seems less obvious.
Purses are another common accessory for women, although it isn’t usually associated with breasts. It seems that all the Facebook I Like It statuses did was tease men about sexual kinks, with a punch line that is less clear cut.
But using Facebook for breast cancer awareness is worth a shot, since the site is more publicized than ever these days. For a few days, people aren’t talking more about The Social Network, the likability of Mark Zuckerberg, or site-wide crashes. At the least, the site is more tied to a serious cause, even if the methods caused confusion.
The Facebook I Like It Statuses are meant to be a clever way to get support for an important issue. It may not have turned out to be that clever, but it is getting the word out to 500 million users, nonetheless.
Washington Post- “I like it on….your Facebook status”
TIME- “Breast Cancer Awareness: I Like It On My Status Update”