Facebook unfriending is a hot topic — while statistically most people unfriend someone if they post updates too frequently or about controversial topics like politics, there are plenty of other reasons for clicking the "remove" button. For a little end-of-the-day fun, here are some situations from a few of my favorite prime-time shows. Cast your vote! Would you unfriend someone who pulled any of these made-for-TV moves?
I've never been one to hold on to the past, and I find it quite hard to be friends with exes (even digitally). But what about you — are you still friends with your ex on Facebook?
There are many reasons to unfriend someone on Facebook: you've told us that you do it if someone keeps posting about religion or politics, posts too frequently, or sends you too many out-of-town invites, among other reasons, but what about unfriending someone just because, well, you're not actually friends with them?
Jimmy Kimmel has declared today National Unfriend Day and urged us to cut the "friend fat" by getting rid of those Facebook friends who aren't true friends IRL. What about you — will you be deleting those annoying acquaintances or unrecognizable names from your friends list?
A racist comment, constant oversharing, or a ridiculous political rant will prompt you to unfriend a Facebook connection on the spot. But what about all the distant acquaintances who fly under the radar, while still having access to your life? Jimmy Kimmel has declared today "National Unfriend Day" because he believes the social network cheapens sacred friendships. Today, he wants everyone to go cut out some of their "friend fat."Every once in a while I cull my Facebook friends. I start by unfriending the people whose names I don't even recognize (I think I had classes with them in college?), then I might move on and cut the people I only met once and never spoke to again. While I could simply give them limited access to my information, removing people I'm not actually friends with feels as rejuvenating as cleaning out my closet. If you're going to unfriend people today, where will you start?
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New research from the University of Colorado suggests that the two most common reasons for Facebook unfriending are: one, posting too often. And, two: posting about particularly polarizing topics like religion and politics.
Most of you agree that aggressive political posting could be grounds for removal, and often too many posts about your kids can have the same effect. As one of my friends oh-so-brilliantly put it, "If I wanted to see photos of your baby, I'd friend your baby."
Children I can handle, but angry political commentary pushes me over the edge. And once I unfriended an acquaintance who posted only whiny, negative comments about her day to day activities. Which action makes you most likely to unfriend someone on Facebook?
Cutting off a Facebook friendship is likely easier than a non-virtual friendship breakup. It doesn't require confrontation and you probably wouldn't do it to someone you see every day. Academics have looked into the top reasons for unfriending a person. The number one reason: repetitive posts. One researcher explained: "The 100th post about your favorite band is no longer interesting." Word. The second most-popular reason: controversial posts about religion or politics. And coming in third: racists or crude comments.
If someone hasn't completely offended you, you might consider softer options: hiding them from your feed or upping your privacy settings for specific people who can't help but share inappropriate stuff on your wall. Maybe this has happened to you. Have you ever gone to someone's page and realized you suddenly can't see tagged photos or write on the wall? Go ahead and chalk it up to responsible privacy settings, but it'll still bruise your ego a bit.
We asked you how long you wait to become Facebook friends with someone, but now I want to know: what will it take for you to unfriend a person?
Thanks for the tip, Sasseefrass!
The Word of the Year is chosen from newly created words by researchers based on language trends, popularity, and cultural significance. Some popular geeky words that were up for the honor are no stranger to GeekSugar: "sexting" and "netbook" were also considered, along with "hashtag," referencing the popular Twitter "#" character and "intexticated," the state of distraction one experiences while driving and texting.
I think that "unfriend" is a pretty fitting addition to the dictionary. Plus, its inclusion makes it easy to decide between the terms "defriend" and the newly validated "unfriend."