Facebook unfriending has real life fallout


Reporter - Todd Faulkner
Chief Photojournalist - Mike Spissinger

PADUCAH, Ky. - More than one billion people worldwide are on Facebook. 

Chances are many of them have unfriended someone or someone has unfriended them.  However, did you know researchers say Facebook unfriending can have real life consequences. 
According to Mashable.com, researchers found 40% of people said they would avoid someone who unfriended them on Facebook.  50%say they would not avoid a person who unfriended them.  Women were more likely than men to avoid someone who unfriended them.     
WKCTC graduate student Deborah Dawdy admits that she's been unfriended and has unfriended others. 
"There's a million and one reasons why I would unfriend somebody," Dawdy said.  "I actually had a sister that unfriended me.  I don't talk to her and it's okay. I love my sister dearly."
Dawdy said their relationship isn't, and shouldn't, rely entirely on Facebook.  She sees the social networking site as just another tool to communicate. 
"I can keep in touch with my family and friends in a million ways.  Facebook is just one of them," Dawdy said. 
As for that relationship with her sister? 
"This is a social site.  Who cares?  In real life, if I really wanted to see her, I'd get in a car and drive up and see her.  She probably wouldn't open the door but that's okay," Dawdy laughed. 
There are several things to consider when thinking about unfriending someone.  For example, will you see them on a daily basis at work, the gym or church?  Will the situation be awkward for you and for them?  Is unfriending someone because of their political or personal beliefs going to do more harm in the long run than good. 
Also, you have the option to "hide" a Facebook friend if you don't like what they're saying or what they post.  That way you don't have to view their posts but you can still remain friends.