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People are Unwilling to Delete Facebook Friends Due to Social Stigma

Social media is a great way to keep in contact with friends and acquaintances alike, but there are always people on there who you wish to ignore or avoid. Whether they're constantly making racist comments, sharing too much or are just generally annoying, you don't want to see it. Fortunately, you can easily unfollow a friend on Facebook without losing them from your friend list and there might be a reason people are more likely to do that than unfriend them.

Whenever I hear a friend complaining about someone regularly on Facebook, I have to ask why don't they just unfriend them? They don't like them and they just seem to spend their time complaining about or laughing at them. If I actually bothered using my Facebook, I'd just unfriend them, but that isn't the case for most people. The people who are most annoying and most likely to cause trouble are being found to be the people who are popular in real life. Maybe that's why they think they can get away with causing trouble online because they have no fall out in real life as no one dares. No one wants to be the person to get in the fight with someone who could count on all your friends being on their side and they're right, it isn't worth it.

We all like to think of social media as this great place that allows us to see everything that's going on, but that's also made Facebook a social minefield. It's worrying that you can't simply unfriend someone on Facebook without it having an impact on your life. You might think that no one would notice if you did so, but they really would and it's not just teenagers.

Researchers looked at 52 Facebook users and their 5,113 contacts from 13 to 45 years old. They asked them to rate 100 randomly sampled Facebook friends in terms of online disagreement, rational closeness and communication frequency both online and offline. They found that the people who were popular offline tended to be more avoided online as they were troublemakers. This could be because people were avoiding fights, but they still considered them a friend. The online disagreements were found to mostly be between users aged between 19 to 21.

So next time you want to unfriend a friend, maybe step back and think is it worth it?

Rosina is a Songbird writer with a degree in Creative Writing. She's trying to focus on her novel on the side but is glad to be playing around with apps and writing about them in the mean time! Follow her @Songbird_Rosina

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People are Unwilling to Delete Facebook Friends Due to Social Stigma Reviewed by Unknown on Friday, May 06, 2016 Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting suggestion: Rather suffer in silence online than take a stand on- and offline?!? If a person is rowdy you should always try to put a stop to his behavior, be it on Facebook or in real life... I think it's well worth it.


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