There is a new study out which shows why people are “unfriended on Facebook.” I would suspect the reasons would include being a Red Sox fan, making comments about how ugly someone’s boyfriend is , or posting 1,000 times about your favorite video game.
I am close .
Let me start off with the best part of the study. If you are a parent, your kids do not want you on their Facebook page. The study reports that “An AOL study showed 30 percent of teenagers wanted to unfriend their own parents. The study found two users who actually did this. One later refriended his mom but put her on a limited profile so he could manage her online interactions.”
Of course I have no desire to even get close to my kids’ Facebook page, for the same reason I do not want to stalk anyone. Being a stalker is just too much work. You have to hide in bushes on cold nights, you have to keep following them, you have to send them lots and lots of emails, and I think the requirements mandate that you call them about every five minutes. Come on – who has that much time and energy?
And if you are stalking an ex-lover – forget it. Here’s a news flash. There are over six billion people in the world and if you can’t find someone else, there are very good reasons she left you. And remember that if your boyfriend dumped you, relax, men are like busses, a new one comes along every five minutes.
Okay – the reasons I don’t stalk people are the same reasons, I avoid Facebook. Too much work, Loading and unloading all the crap on your Facebook page, having hundreds of friends who you don’t even know, opening your private life to the world. What are you? Nuts? Go home, have a glass of wine and read a book. It is a lot easier.
Of course this same attitude applies to why I don’t play video games. Just looking at everything I have to learn just to play a game overwhelms me and I retreat to a book and a glass of bourbon.
Whoops, there’s a surprise ! I have digressed. I am so far away from the main focus of this article that I will have to hire a taxi to get back.
if you even care by now here are the top three reasons for being unfriended on Facebook:
After surveying more than 1,500 Facebook users on Twitter, the study found the number-one reason for unfriending is frequent, unimportant posts.
“The 100th post about your favorite band is no longer interesting,” said Christopher Sibona, a PhD student and the author of the study.
The second reason was posting about polarizing topics like religion and politics.”They say not to talk about religion or politics at office parties and the same thing is true online,” Sibona said.
Inappropriate posts, such as crude or racist comments, were the third reason for being unfriended.
And by the way words like unfriended and unfriending and refriended will give your spell checker a nervous breakdown. Hmm, where do spell checkers go to recover from a spell of illness” ?
University of Colorado Denver (2010, October 5). Top reasons for Facebook unfriending. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 6, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2010/10/101005121822.htm