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Today, I Unfriended You

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by Aileen
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You have more than 700 connections on Facebook but are they all worth keeping?

Was there ever a time when you wanted to unfriend people but decided against it? I’ve thought of the same thing many times in the past. However, a small voice saying, “Don’t cut the connection; just put them on your Restricted list and unfollow them,” always wins.

I really shouldn’t have listened.

When I joined Facebook, everybody was all about having as many connections as possible. Today, however, I’ve accepted that similar to other things, quality trumps quantity when it comes to creating connections on social networks. Why be “friends” with someone if you’ve become uncomfortable sharing your life with them online (and/or offline)?

There’s just no point to it.

So now, I’m going to clean up my friends list with these things in mind.

Negativity

Life throws all sorts of problems and heart aches at us. The last thing I want is to get on Facebook and feel miserable about myself because of all the negativity on my news feed.

Yes, everyone has the right to rant. It’s your space, after all. That’s why I’m the one walking away from it.

Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Have something to say to somebody? Please tell them directly. If you’re brave enough to post it on Facebook, please have the guts to approach the concerned person, too.

I’ve seen a lot of passive-agressive behaviour online and I’ve also posted my fair share of passive-agressive messages. If you haven’t realized it yet, here it is: being passive aggressive online and offline won’t get you anywhere.

Lack of Interaction

We may have attended the same school or worked together in the past, but if we haven’t talked for years and we’re basically strangers to each other, then why are we “friends” on Facebook?

Spam

I don’t mind people giving me page recommendations or even sending me messages to ask me to like this or that on Facebook. Receiving multiple page invites or game requests, however, is a different matter.

Offensive Posts and Comments

Freedom of speech, yes? Sure, but I don’t want to put up with it anymore.

Let me borrow a line or two from Joquesse Eugenia.

I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations. If we don’t vibrate on the same frequency there’s just no reason for us to waste our time.

It’s not you. It’s me.

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