Being liked is very important to people. Especially, it seems, if it means being liked publicly.
A Texas man is alleged to have become rather agitated when his wife, from whom he had recently separated, didn't exert herself to click the "Like" button beneath his status update on Facebook.
The way the Carlsbad Current-Argus has it, Benito Apolinar was arrested and charged with one count of battery against a household member when he allegedly confronted his wife about his latest Facebook news.
Apparently, Apolinar had updated his precious Facebook page with a reminder about the anniversary of his mother's death.
It is alleged that Apolinar explained to his wife that "he had so many comments on his status" and seemed a little astonished, if not peeved, that she had not expressed her public approbation.
The complaint reportedly alleges that he told Dolores Apolinar: "That's amazing everyone 'likes' my status but you, you're my wife. You should be the first one to 'like' my status."
It is my personal belief that every wife should be the first and greatest supporter of her man's status. Men have, in general, very fragile statuses. A status-dissing can be a huge blow to a man's status-esteem.
I am told that many lovers choose to evict their former squeezes from their virtual existence. This does not appear to have been the case here.
But for status-dissing to result in violence is surely a difficult day for our caring, status-sharing world. Benito Apolinar is reportedly claiming that his wife hit herself in the face and him in the head with her cell phone.
It will be for a court to decide whether it was he who turned to blows because his virtual ego had taken one hit too many.