Thursday, June 23, 2016

Who's on the Chopping Block?

We all are hooked on social networks. May it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. Each is a good venue for meeting old and new friends, batchmates, teachers, former bosses and colleagues. The people whom you haven't seen for ages. You may be able to share photos, like photos and do silly stuff with the apps that could be installed along with it.

With the user friendly icons, one could post anything and everything under the sun. A post, however, is always subject to scrutiny. It can either be liked or disliked or hidden. And if the post is too cocky and overly dramatic, then that person could be unfollowed or worse, unfriended and/or blocked.

So, what triggers someone to unfriend somebody?

In a 2014 study, Christopher Sibona, a researcher at the University of Colorado at Denver,  actually pinpointed the four types of content that are most likely to prompt an unfriend:

1. Frequent/unimportant posts
2. Polarizing posts (politics and religion; liberals are, for what it’s worth, more likely to unfriend over political views)
3. Inappropriate posts (sexist, racist remarks)
4. Everyday life posts (child, spouse, eating habits, etc.)

I, personally, have pulled some weeds out of my list. My criteria includes: 
1. Ex's and Oh's
2. The "ghost" friend who is around but who's been mum. (Paramdam ka naman, teh!) 
3. Lurkers
4. Self-likers
5. Acquaintances

Let's shake hands. No hurt feelings. That's what friends are for. 😉

Since FB gives us this option, we all tend to be picky. Odd-man out. Nothing wrong tho'. Each one has his or her own reason.

We can, therefore, conclude that social media could indeed make us anti-social. Nah, just selectively social.

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