Unfriending People on Facebook Can Make Things Awkward Offline

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Deleting friends in real life is hard. Deleting friends on Facebook is easy.

Unfriending someone on Facebook. We’ve all done it. With just the click of a mouse you can get rid of someone without having to confront them face to face. Easy, right? Now you get to avoid that person for the rest of your life. Not so fast. You see the line between social media and real life is blurred. According to research there are some serious real-world consequences from unfriending someone on social media.

In particular, researchers found that 40% of people say they would avoid someone who unfriended them, while 50% said they would not avoid that person.

Women were more likely than men to avoid someone who unfriended them, the researchers found.

“People think social networks are just for fun,” said study author Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. “But in fact what you do on those sites can have real-world consequences.”

Remember there are always consequences for your actions both online and in life. People need to stop worrying about their social media skills and start focusing on social skills.

And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.

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