Is it just me or does being de-friended on Facebook mean the ultimate bitch slap?
Haven’t we come a long way? It used to be just a matter of saying ‘Bitch, I hate you, get out!’. Or giving each other death stares, screening phone calls, stealing boyfriends (maybe that’s taking it too far). These were the socially accepted methods of divorcing friends. Now, we still do all that, however as long as you’re Facebook friends there is still that last chance of salvaging a friendship (if you want to). Even though in reality there is very little to salvage, you don’t consider you’re self officially divorced until the ‘de-friend’! It’s almost like a long overdue cancellation of a gym membership. You know you’re never going to go again, but until you cancel, you’re in a constant state of denial. I’m going to pilates on Tuesday and a swim on Thursday blah blah….
Recently a friend of mine went on a de-friending frenzy and cut a whole bunch of us off. Truth be told our friendship was strained for a while, so it should not have been a total surprise. But it was. I was surprised and disappointed. My friend’s list which was slowly creeping towards 300, was now down by 1 (I know I am sad like that).
Point is, it took Facebook to convince me that it was over for good!
Is this the way forward? Are we no longer going to talk to each other, and cut the last string with a click of a button? What do you think?