Two studies from the University of Colorado Denver are shedding new light on the most common type of `friend’ to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it.
The studies, published earlier this year, show that the most likely person to be unfriended is a high school acquaintance.
“The most common reason for unfriending someone from high school is that the person posted polarizing comments often about religion or politics,” said Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student in the Computer Science and Information Systems program at the CU Denver Business School. “The other big reason for unfriending was frequent, uninteresting posts.”
Sibona’s first study examined `context collapse and unfriending behaviors’ on Facebook and his second looked at `the emotional response to being unfriended.’
Both studies were based on a survey of 1,077 people conducted on Twitter.
The first study found that the top five kinds of people respondents unfriended were:
- High School friends
- Friend of a friend
- Work friends
- Common interest friend
“We found that people often unfriend co-workers for their actions in the real world rather than anything they post on Facebook,” Sibona said.
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