I Like It / I Hate It

Aren’t these just two sides of the same coin? Equally useless critiques?

Nope. Because “I like it” makes people feel good and people that feel good do better work. They also spread that good feeling. “I hate it” makes people feel bad and people that feel bad do worse work. They also spread that bad feeling.

3 responses to “I Like It / I Hate It”

  1. It’s generally a good thing to ask why people “hate it”, but if they can’t explain or come up with some half baked answer, you shouldn’t put too much weight on it. That said: it’s always bad for your self-esteem to get negative comments on your work and your bound to see bad results in your work. Whenever that happens to me, I just pick a random personal project that’s been on my list and go start on that. If I really screw that up, I can put it aside and get back to it later, but the client doesn’t need to know.

    “I hate it” that my comment is longer than your whole article. “I like it” that you took the effort to point this out to us. Had a nasty experience yourself, to go ahead and write this?

  2. Aaron Stone says:

    If there’s an explanation as to why one hates it, then that information is not that useless.

    If there’s an explanation as to why one loves it, then that information not only increases self-esteem, but shows you your strengths, which makes you further work on them and improve/refine them better.

    So explanation is necessary when appreciating or criticizing.

  3. Paul Cloke says:

    I’ve seen what Chris is on about. It is the popular two word replies in forums and comments. “I like it”, “I hate it”, “Me too”. None of them really add ‘value’ to the conversation unless – as mentioned before – the reasons are described.

    However, the positive “like” messages do make you feel better. Maybe this is why Facebook, and G+ only have “Like this” or “+1”?

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