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Reasons why people unfriend their friends on Facebook

  • Facebook allows people to unfriend someone without notifying them
  • A Facebook user unfriends friends because of personality and trust issues

Most people nowadays already have a Facebook account to easily communicate with others, share insights and experiences, and announce milestones and achievements to the public. It is another way to run a business and have online friends from other parts of the world.

But why do users find the need to unfriend their friends on Facebook?

A study revealed by Sibona and Walczak (2011) shows that the main reason why people unfriended people on Facebook because of frequent posts, game requests and unimportant content while for offline reasons was alienation, personality, and trust issues.

“We found that people often unfriend co-workers for their actions in the real world rather than anything they post on Facebook,” Sibona said

Another research by Light and Cassidy (2014) suggests people clean up their friends list to improve their connection to other contacts or to their close friends.

Pena and Brody’s study also revealed that “social attractiveness of the individuals’ influence” is a possible cause to be unfriended, the same with friends with insulting and threatening behaviour.

Science Daily also explains that knowing you’re being unfriended by someone who was once your close friend would cause one to feel unhappy especially those who closely monitor their Facebook friends.

Netizens on social media also share the reason they unfriend some of their friends on Facebook.

Written by Rhelyn Harder

An open-minded person who seeks to inspire readers through writing. She believes that having the freedom and courage to express oneself is an opportunity to influence others.

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