A Girlfriend's Guide To Facebook's New 'Responsicons'
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A Girlfriend's Guide To Facebook's New 'Responsicons'

Is it just me, or was that "wow" a little passive aggressive?

A Girlfriend's Guide To Facebook's New 'Responsicons'

Earlier this week, Facebook unveiled its newest asset in the social media game: responsive emoticons or, dare I label them, "responsicons." Now instead of just "liking" an ambiguously-worded status update, we have the option to respond to a status with a "like," "love," "haha," "wow," "sad" or "angry" emoticon.

I think I speak for a few of my "frequently-Facebooking" friends when I say that my first reaction to this phenomenon was: Thank God, I now have an appropriate response for a sad status update. I feel that it's a mutually understood struggle; everyone wrestles with the question: Does this "like" communicate that I "feel for them," or insinuate that I'm supporting their pain?Clearly, the "sad" responsicon (and yes, I do believe I just coined that term) serves a useful purpose—but what about the other responses?

Love? Haha? Wow? Angry? Does our classic Facebook "like" now take on a new meaning with these additional expressions introduced? What do any of them really insinuate? If you're still feeling overwhelmed by the ambiguity of the new responsicons—chillax. I've pieced together a manual of sorts for all my struggling girlfriends (and guyfriends) out there, loaded with specific examples of when and when not to use them.

1. Appropriate times to utilize the "wow" responsicon (when communicating a genuine astonishment or admiration):

Any video featuring Justin Bieber.

A promotional picture for Zac Efron's newest movie.

A BuzzFeed video entitled, "Men Get Drawn as Disney-Inspired Princes."

2. Appropriate times to utilize the "Wow" responsicon (when communicating that you are just a little too fed up to deal with people's s*** today)

News articles about the irresponsible, general public.

Offensive, political posts.

A recent picture of someone wearing your borrowed sweater they "lost."

Or, in general, just an uninformed, irritating "can-you-not" status update from someone you're not sure you remember adding as a friend.

3. Appropriate times to utilize the "love" responsicon:

An engagement announcement.

One of "Seventeen's" how-to videos concerning a delicious "breakfast of champions."

A BFF's updated profile picture —*bonus points if you're featured in the pic.*

4. Appropriate times to utilize the "haha" responsicon (when intending for it to symbolize a sassy "lol"):

A controversial article about Aaron Carter (randomly?) voicing his (strong?) support for a presidential candidate via Twitter.

A video of your friend getting pranked by your other friends *Caution: do not select the "haha" responsicon if the video is of your friend getting pranked by people who genuinely dislike him. That should probably be reported.*

A video of Jenna Dewan-Tatum, on "The Late Late Show With James Corden," taking a dance class instructed by a toddler.

5. Appropriate times to utilize the "angry" responsicon:

When your favorite contestant on "The Bachelor" is *unjustly* sent home, and everyone on social media is talking about it.

When a FB friend makes an obscene status, loaded with curse words, but you still don't know what they were trying to communicate because like, are they OK...or?

When your favorite clothing store is having a one-day sale, and you know you can't make it, so like how is that fair to you honestly? Don't they know your schedule?

6. Appropriate times to utilize the "like" button (recently turned "responsicon"):

Girl, you can like whatever you like.

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