I’d not be at all surprised to find that there are armies if doctoral students studying the dynamics of relationships that are primarily based in cyberspace. These anthropologists of digital societies have a lot to work with, no doubt. Today I’ve been sorely tempted to unfriend (or is it de-friend?) an individual on Facebook. This person’s only offense is a strong habit of posting pleas to help a certain social cause. It is not even a cause that I am particularly at odds with, but the sheer volume of material shared is just off-putting.
The problem with unfriending someone is the friend suggest feature. In the real world friends drift apart and there is rarely a formal declaration. You might perceive that an individual has changed or have become more distant. That person can just hush up, slink away and that is that.
But Facebook will “out” you. there have been several occasions when I’ll see a suggestion to friend someone I am ABSOLUTELY certain I’ve already friended. This happens when that person has unfriended you without your knowledge.
I can understand why someone would unfriend me. Political views, religious professions and other wedge issues can alienate folks. Personally, unless someone is particularly condescending to opposing viewpoints, I think it is interesting to read other opinions. If for no other reason than to hone a counter-argument if one is ever needed.
In any respect, I’m curious. What would it take for you to “unfriend’ someone on Facebook?
(I’ve decided not to unfreind the individual mentioned. Really, how hard is it to just scroll past something that does not interest you.)