Hodson warns to think before you click

November 9, 2018
Canadian Press, 45 publications
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When is a “like” more than tapping a button on your preferred social media platform? That depends on the context, cautions Assoc. Prof. Jaigris Hodson of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

In a recent article by the Canadian Press featured by CTV News Toronto, Hodson says social media users to think before they press “like”, as what seems like simple approval may have darker connotations to other users.

Here is an excerpt:

“Jaigris Hodson, a professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria, cautioned that every like must be read within its individual context, taking into account the power dynamics between the participants, what content is being engaged, whether that interaction is welcome and whether it fits into a broader pattern of behaviour.

“An errant tweet may be nothing more than a mistake or a hack that, through the force of virality, becomes ginned up into a scandal, said Hodson. But if there's a power imbalance between users, unsolicited likes can be akin to a cat call, or even forebode an escalation of predatory online behaviour.

“’It’s a very complex issue, and I think it's much more complex than simply what we like or don't like,’ said Hodson. ‘As an individual user, you do have to be reflective about your behaviour.’”

This article by the Canadian Press appeared at CTV News Toronto and numerous Canadian news outlets.