Facebook: the importance of unfriending
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If recent events have taught me anything it's this shocking revelation: not everyone in the world wants to know me.
A week ago I decided I'd had enough with a friend list that increased higher than economic inflation, so I went and messaged all my Facebook friends to see who still cared.
Aware that "hello, how are you?" would get me as far as a soggy sandwich, each message was carefully constructed, based on that shared connection that got us on each other's social media pages. Why do this, I hear you ask? Well, let's take a brief flashback in history. Launched in 2004, Facebook marked a new age of communication technology. Building on the work of its predecessors, Zuckerburg's digital baby rapidly grew from strength to strength at the cost of those who stood in its way. Live video streaming, online messaging, even the notion of "likes" is arguably based on old-school Bebo's "share the love" function. I take personal frustration at the Facebook notion of "friends". Whilst in the early days of social media the term was self-explanatory, now the definition of a digital friendship is at best broad, but at worst pure baloney. You start off wanting to get as many digital friends as possible (because in Secondary School friend numbers were a legit ranking of coolness), but then you hit university and the number rapidly escalates. Next thing you know that kid who used to lick tables likes a bikini snap at 2 am and shizz gets very creepy. Back to my social experiment then. Of those I reached out to, about half responded. Turns out these people wanted to know what I was up to as well (because Facebook is 98% fake). It was fun, I was using social media for what it was designed for, even though maintaining 100 different conversations was a bit intense (for all of two days I felt like Beyoncé).
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