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What is National Unfriend Day?

It's National Unfriend Day: Who Goes First?

A racist comment, constant oversharing, or a ridiculous political rant will prompt you to unfriend a Facebook connection on the spot. But what about all the distant acquaintances who fly under the radar, while still having access to your life? Jimmy Kimmel has declared today "National Unfriend Day" because he believes the social network cheapens sacred friendships. Today, he wants everyone to go cut out some of their "friend fat."

Every once in a while I cull my Facebook friends. I start by unfriending the people whose names I don't even recognize (I think I had classes with them in college?), then I might move on and cut the people I only met once and never spoke to again. While I could simply give them limited access to my information, removing people I'm not actually friends with feels as rejuvenating as cleaning out my closet. If you're going to unfriend people today, where will you start?

Source: Flickr User Ed Yourdon

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
A good approach for those who want to avoid the confrontation one experiences when they unfriend a person that takes online networking way too personal and gets annoyingly offended? The "hide" button.
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
Can I rant for a bit? :( Oddly enough I wish I could delete family members. Ideally I would only keep immediate family and a handful cousins (the ones I actually talk to and like), but when you're Filipino and have 50,000 people in the family--all of which seem to think they need to add you because you share a last name--it becomes a problem. My aunts and uncles don't even USE their Facebooks. There's literally no activity besides the occasional times where someone beats them at some random game. I almost feel like they only have Facebooks to keep tabs on us. It's annoying. But god knows if I delete people there will be major drama to be had (yes, my family is that petty). /rant!
amber512 amber512 6 years
Luckily I only add friends and family and don't need to defriend!
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