On Facebook, recently, I saw a post where the author said that he had unfriended some people because they started arguing, and complaining about what he had written.
If we translate this into the real world, effectively what the author had done was say “I don’t like your opinion, I don’t want to be friends with you anymore.” Just because of a comment. Pretty harsh stuff.
I don’t like your opinion, I don’t want to be friends with you anymore
What bothers me…
This brings up a couple of points that bother me about this:
1. It’s called “Social Media”. Dumping your friends just because they said something you don’t agree with isn’t being very social.
2. What sort of “friend” are these people, and what sort of “friend” is the author, when just because you don’t like what’s being said, you say “I don’t want to be friends anymore.”
3. I agree that you can build up friendship through common interests, etc., but where’s the line between friendship, and acquaintance?
What are your thoughts? Are your online friends really “friends”? Do you feel that loose-ties are just as valuable as strong-ties?