Unfriend/Unfollow, It Happens

There comes a time in everyone’s social media life where they must unfollow/unfriend people on various platforms. Facebook is one of those places where it is a chosen community of people you are connecting with and sometimes their posts can either be repetitive and sometimes offensive. Granted there no two people who agree with each other 100% of the time, and that is OK. It’s only when those people ramp up the rhetoric, whether it be political, religious or social commentary that can be very negative, that you have to make that decision on your connection status.

In America we are in the midst of an election campaign season where we will go to the polls in 2016 to elect a new president and other federal offices. Canada just completed that cycle recently and sometimes being on social media can be challenging when it comes to politics because it can be personal. It’s the constant barrage of posts that come from friends who post mean spirited things that can test your relationship status.

Religious and social commentary can be divisive too. We have all seen the issues such as faith, gender, orientation and the like that people fall on different sides of. To me it’s OK to disagree on some things, but you know it’s amazing to see the venom on your screen from people who you thought were reasonable and kind. It can be disappointing to see comments that are out there for the world to see and you wonder what is the source of their ire.

I know there are people who have unfollowed/unfriended me for various reasons and that is OK. Perhaps this is an opportunity for all of us to examine our friendships and who we are as individuals who have a right to feel the way they want to about all the stuff going on in the world. It is OK to be sad when your friendships change, that is life.

Then there are sports rivalries and that can be just as contentious as politics, religion and social issues. Especially on rivalry days.

Unfriending, Unfollowing, it happens and you have to move on. Sometimes you just have to cut ties.

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Tony "T-Bird" Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. I'm married to Laura and Cody is our dog. Daily I work for a blood bank. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious and silly things in my life. I am a member of The Episcopal Church. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace, and love!

6 thoughts on “Unfriend/Unfollow, It Happens”

  1. It just sucks when someone you know and interact with every day unfollow you or unfriend you and he/she doesn’t know that you know. I’ve experienced this lately and I was somewhat in a dilemma because I wanted to tell that person that I know that I was notified of what she did, but then I also thought it didn’t matter. Stuff like this make us question friendship we have had for a long time, which can be both good and bad. Good, because we are able to easily determine whose friends are staying true to us and who are sneaking behind our back. Bad, because it kinda ruins friendship we think were real.

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  2. Social media is dangerous… especially when family hang their laundry in the open! I’m sure you’ve seen the situation where so-and-so misunderstood what their second cousin removed said about their little Johnny… the results are often nasty interchange. I try at best to steer clear of it all, just sticking to blogging and a FB page. Seems to me people have nothing better to do with themselves than to live on social media!

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