The other day an acquaintance of mine said she’s decided to simplify her life by culling her Facebook friends.
“There’s been a few who have been really ticking me off lately,” she said. ”I don’t like the tone of some of their comments and status updates.”
I looked at her and tried to gauge if she actually thought this was of some significance….as if un-friending people on Facebook really was going to make her life more enjoyable.
I know I must sound like a righteous geezer, and I’ve never, to date, had a “Facebook fight” or been maliciously stalked online but to me culling Facebook friends has roughly the same impact as deleting emails from my inbox; it’s a completely pointless exercise because the friendship doesn’t really exist in the first place.
For the past week, I’ve had this image of this woman scrolling down the head shots of her Facebook friends and contemptuously excising those whose status update weren’t up to par. ”And you, Bart from high school — I don’t really care about your hunting memoir that’s coming out from Ted Nugent Press this fall — UNFRIEND! And Debbie, well, Debbie, this is what you get for forgetting to bring me an iced decaf cap in time for yesterday’s meeting — UNFRIEND!”
The question is, what happens once the unwanted friends have been cut loose? Is there a feeling of lightness and accomplishment? Greater organization? A sense of lordly power?
Does anyone have experience with this?