This website makes me realize that I've been trained to "reward" others for posting online. I feel an uncontrollable urge to "upvote" or "like" comments but quickly realize the button isn't available.
I feel the same, but that limitation actually got me to reply to one of your comments and while typing "I really like your perspective", I noticed I could also throw in my own and a follow-up question as well. So I think I prefer replies over simple binary likes.
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I agree, it definitely encourages more thoughtful responses. FB and other platforms 100% encourage likes. Even apple devices turn single button presses into confetti expositions and firework animations.