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2345 clicks; posted to Geek » on 22 Apr 2014 at 5:45 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-04-22 05:55:18 PM
2014-04-22 06:00:08 PM  
So I guess I won by not having friends to begin with. Suck it, losers.
2014-04-22 06:04:07 PM  
That was the most non-shocking  article I've read today.  The number 1 type of person to unfriend is high school friends who've turned into religious or political zealots. That came as absolutely no surprise.
2014-04-22 06:22:20 PM  
Step 1: Not give a fark
Step 2: Go about your business


Step 1: Not have any friends
Step 2: Go about your business
2014-04-22 06:25:47 PM  

The most common responses to being unfriended were:
1) I was surprised
2) It bothered me
3) I was amused
4) I felt sad

5) I was pissed I didn't think to unfriend the rat-biatch first
2014-04-22 06:36:01 PM  
i unfriended nearly 300 people a few months ago. since they were all people i had not spoken (in person) to in at least 5 years, i don't think any of them noticed or cared.
2014-04-22 07:39:50 PM  

dopirt: That was the most non-shocking  article I've read today.  The number 1 type of person to unfriend is high school friends who've turned into religious or political zealots. That came as absolutely no surprise.

Amusingly enough, I've been unfriended for suggesting that Obama might not be the Antichrist.
2014-04-22 07:58:00 PM  
One reason he believes high school friends are top targets for unfriending is that their political and religious beliefs may not have been as strong when they were younger. And if those beliefs have grown more strident over time, it becomes easier to offend others.

Typical libtards and their socialist Moslem research.
2014-04-22 09:09:39 PM  
Sometimes I think about rejoining Facebook.

Then I hit myself in the face with a brick for 30 minutes and the desire for unnecessary trouble and pain goes away.
2014-04-22 09:13:17 PM  
I haven't unfriended very many people on Facebook, but when I did it was for one of two reasons:

1. They won't shut up about their political or religious beliefs.
2. They keep sending me game requests, and I don't give a shiat about Candy Crush Saga or Farmville.
2014-04-22 09:31:33 PM  

SpdrJay: Sometimes I think about rejoining Facebook.

Then I hit myself in the face with a brick for 30 minutes and the desire for unnecessary trouble and pain goes away.

I put it off for years and finally signed up last October.  I'm up to 200 friends, mostly people I haven't seen in 20 years, and there's nothing really interesting about it. Most people lead boring lives.  There are a few crazy political people on both ends, but that's easy enough to ignore.  I think the only person I've actively unfriended was my old vet, and that's because she gouged me on medicine for over a year before I discovered it.  That was more a business complaint than anything else.
2014-04-22 09:41:15 PM  
I connected with a young cousin on Facebook (I have a rather unique last name so anyone who shares it is by definition related). During the big swine flu scare a few years ago he was agonizing on line along the lines of why wasn't the vaccine available? What are they waiting for? We're all going to die! I pointed out that he was much more likely to die of the regular flu, then said "I'm much older than you so I'm more susceptible anyway. I'll make you a bet we both survive. If you win, I'll make a donation to your favorite charity."

He unfriended me.
2014-04-22 10:30:20 PM  
I don't need another platform to feel bad cuz nobody calls me.

Real life is just fine.
2014-04-22 11:17:19 PM  

SquiggsIN: Step 1.  Never get Facebook
Step 2.  Never deal with this
Step 3.  Profit?

Facebook is useful and very interesting.

I've often wondered what happened to people I went to school with or worked with in the past and Facebook has allowed me to find out. I don't attempt to befriend any of them though - I only have one Facebook friend who is also my only real life friend.
2014-04-23 12:25:51 AM  
I only have a few on mine, mostly family.

I get some "do you know this person" once in a while an will check if they happen to be someone from high school... Turns out I aged rather well compared to most...
2014-04-23 01:54:15 AM  
I like the blocking feature.   It's a short list, but a very necessary one.  One step beyond unfriending; it makes it appear that you don't exist on Facebook to that person.   In the beginning, I pre-populated it with the small list of people whom I do not ever want to even see their name again, and one or two people who went batshiat after that.

The only time I spontaneously blocked someone was recently when they started being a jackass on a post I made to my wall.   I cleaned up the comments and banned him completely, it was not someone I knew well in person.  It will be interesting to see if he has anything to say if I bump into him in person, which is quite possible.
2014-04-23 01:55:23 AM  
Also, Facebook is indeed a kind of killjoy when you find out which of your friends are conspiracy or political douchetards.
2014-04-23 04:22:21 AM  
And then there's the case that I have right now. Better Half Skippy and her "best friend she hangs out with" have some sort of argument about child rearing and my first clue is a phone call, and a sudden lack of Anti-circumcision/Breast milk is best/Granola parent spew on my feed.

All-in-all, I might actually start using Facebook again as a result.
2014-04-23 06:46:31 AM  
I just hide their posts.  In some cases, this has resulted in being un-friended.  To which I say, meh.
2014-04-23 07:44:01 AM  
I probably wouldn't even notice. I only log onto facebook occasionally and just scan my timeline. Not sure why I even bother with it to be honest.
2014-04-23 09:38:57 AM  
I've unfriended some, I'm sure some have unfriended me. Most of them probably from high school. I know I'm more political now than I ever was then, and my ideology and that of others don't mesh.

But that's fine, too. i can meet these people in person and we talk about video games and Tv shows, but can't get along on Facebook. Weird, but there it is.
2014-04-23 08:58:25 PM  
I had someone unfriend me once because he was friends with someone I had a falling out with.  I laughed.  I don't unfriend people.  I just unfollow them so I stop seeing their posts about their stupid kids, or trying to get me to buy shiat they are selling, or constant religious posts. I get it, you love Jesus and he is wonderful.
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