UW-Madison sophomore Dean Strutterman was pleasantly surprised Friday night upon discovering three Facebook friends had “liked” that he expressed interest in attending an event.
Strutterman, who described his initial interest as “tentative at best,” still found comfort in his friends’ positive endorsement through social media.
“I was super stoked when I clicked my notifications and saw three people liked that I was thinking about going,” he said.
The charity concert, Melting Faces for Teen Pregnancy, was held Wednesday night at a local coffee shop four blocks from Strutterman’s apartment, and featured local bands ranging in genre from “straight-up metal” to “jazzy power-slop.”
Attendees were asked to donate “as much or little as they can to support education and outreach efforts addressing teen pregnancy in Wisconsin,” according to the event description.
Regrettably, Strutterman was not able to attend the event, though he was pleased with himself for thinking about going. “I just wasn’t really feeling up to it, y’know? Plus I didn’t know anybody who was going. Like, I probably would’ve gone if my mates were down and wanted to pregame beforehand or something,” he said. “It’s supporting a very noble cause.”
Included in Strutterman’s supportive Facebook friends were real-life friend Jacob Taylor, mother Alecia Strutterman and freshman-year introductory chemistry acquaintance, Kinsey Ngo.
Asked about his motivation for liking the post, Taylor emphasized the importance of general support through social media, and not focusing on the specifics.
“I don’t know. I just reflexively click ‘like’ on all Dean’s stuff,” said Taylor. “It doesn’t actually matter what it is. I usually don’t even read the posts, just glance at the title – it’s more about being a good friend in general… and stuff.”