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Top reasons for unfriending on Facebook

Do you post all your Gowalla and Foursquare check-ins to your Facebook profile, as well as your tweets, Delicious bookmarks and TripIt travels? Chances are, you are starting to become as dull as dishwater to your Facebook friends. Sharing is caring, but oversharing might not be the ultimate way to add value to your network. A new study by Christopher Sibona, a PhD student at the University of Colorado at Denver, investigated why people unfriend someone on Facebook. The study, which surveyed some 1,500 Facebook users, found that 57 percent of those surveyed unfriended for online reasons, while 26.9 percent did so for offline behavior.

The number one reason for unfriending someone on Facebook was “frequent, unimportant posts”.

“The 100th post about your favorite band is no longer interesting,” he said.

The second reason was posting about polarizing topics like religion and politics. Third reason for being unfriended was posting inappropriate posts, such as crude or racist comments.

Footnote: Hat tip to @jeanlucr

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  1. Apres Ski says

    People haven’t learned, a little goes a long, long way. Now we have to teach people how to “unshare” or “not share so much so often”. Twitter has taught us how to use less to mean more. That’s been a blessing. Now if we could just get people to talk less in public on their mobiles, we’d be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy!! ROTFLOL!!!!

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