To break off friendships is also an option

Are you sometimes tired of your friends’ and contacts’ same old entries and posts on Facebook about their last vacation, about the exciting party last weekend, or about the best pal’s wonderful wedding? An absolute classic probably is the incredible beauty, sweetness, and uniqueness of a newborn baby. Proud parents (or grandparents) eagerly spread photos of the innocent newborn among the internet community without even asking the baby for permission. However, this is a different topic.

Honestly, have you ever broken off a friendship or a contact, because you felt annoyed? In some cases, it clearly is an option to break off the friendship. Some also observed that boredom is spreading fast in the world’s largest social network these days.

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Do you also think that Facebook becomes boring after a period of 10 years and a launch at the stock market? In particular young people increasingly consider Facebook as “uncool”, because they have now discovered other social networks on the internet. This also seems to be a reason for the tendency to break off friendships in 2013. In a 2011 survey Yasni has already found out that one in five users of social networks cancelled a virtual friendship.

And what happens if you happen to come across someone in real life you broke off your friendship with on a social network? There are studies on this issue stating that breaking off a friendship on Facebook might have a negative impact on one’s “real” life. According to that is it still advisable to take the risk and break off friendships? Or is it even more of a risk not to break off such a friendship?

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5 thoughts on “To break off friendships is also an option”

  1. I think it’s fine to break off friendships under special circumstances. If a particular friend frequently logs in but ignores your comments or posts for over a year, the friendship is already dead. That’s a good sign that it’s time to drop a friend.

  2. … Florian, I would only unfriend someone for the following reasons:
    1) Overuse of foul language
    2) Racist or sexist posts
    3) Pornographic type photos
    4) Nigerian stalkers and/or scam artists
    5) Extremely negative political posts… about ANY group or party
    6) Fear mongering
    7) Anybody that posts lies, mistruths, or attempts to pass off their opinion as factual information.
    8) People who’s Facebook “focus” is games, contests, or just lowbrow crap

    I don’t mind if someone NEVER posts/likes/comments… it’s still a wonderful communication tool to meet and stay in touch with people all over the world.

    Because I consider myself very intuitive AND an extremely GOOD JUDGE OF CHARACTER, I find it easy to figure out someone’s intentions and interests just by glancing at their profile!

    Thank you for you article, as it caused me to give serious thought to my Facebook “FRIEND” decisions.

    Mary E. Rossow,

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