This is the story that YOU wanted to hear us talk about! It received 40 percent of the vote in our Radioactive poll!
If you have a personal Facebook account, you generally would have to do something drastic to make other users unfriend you, and sometimes it isn’t always the consequence of what happens in the digital world.
New research from the University of Colorado Denver gives insight into specific reasons why Facebook users disassociate with certain friends online.
The Globe and Mail reports high school acquaintances who develop outlandish religious and political views are the first people to lose followers on Facebook.
As users go through their friends list and clean it out, other types of people who usually get cut off, according to the university’s research, are friends of a friend, work colleagues and common interest friends.
“We found that people often unfriend co-workers for their actions in the real world rather than anything they post on Facebook,” Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student at CU Denver, told Phys.org.
One reason he believes high school friends are top targets for unfriending is that their political and religious beliefs may not have been as strong when they were younger. And if those beliefs have grown more strident over time, it becomes easier to offend others.
“Your high school friends may not know your current political or religious beliefs and you may be quite vocal about them,” Sibona said. “And one thing about social media is that online disagreements escalate much more quickly.”
A second study conducted by the school looked into how users reacted when they found out they had been unfriended, and the most popular responses ranged from being surprised or bothered to being amused or sad.
Surprisingly, the study found that two individuals who were once close but grew apart were most likely to unfriend each other than a pair of people who are simply acquaintances.
Sibona said that the ‘one size fits all’ method of ending digital relationships is unique but with real world consequences that warrant additional research.
“If you have a lot of friends on Facebook, the cost of maintaining those friendships is pretty low,” he said. “So if you make a conscious effort to push a button to get rid of someone, that can hurt.”
The two studies were based on a survey conducted on Twitter involving 1,077 people. The results were published in the 2014 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon
- Jan Brewer thinks Paul Penzone will have tough time beating Sheriff Joe Arpaio
- Mac & Gaydos joined by Burmese python after losing March Madness bet
- Mac and Gaydos deliver pizzas to winning class in REDucation contest
- Civil rights activist wants Phoenix-area NAACP boss to step down after incident
- Cindy McCain talks Syrians refugees’ plight, trafficking in Arizona