It isn’t called “Remove from friends” anymore. It’s called “Unfriend”. It’s a real word now! It’s a verb meaning “remove from friends on the social networking site Facebook and, as a possible consequence, also from friends in real life.”
Yes, it’s just that easy. If you scroll down to the end of the left column of a friend’s profile on Facebook, this is one thing you see. It’s an option called “Unfriend” which, when clicked, brings up a little box asking you “Are you sure you want to remove So-And-So as your friend?” You simply select the blue box saying “Remove from Friends” and *click* it’s done. The person isn’t your friend anymore.
It’s true. It’s the new way to cut people off subtly. Just remove them from your Facebook friends. At some point they will notice, take offense and you two won’t be friends anymore. The person will probably not bring it up, because it seems just a little bit too silly to make an issue of, but not silly enough to not sever the friendship. Gone are the days of sitting down, talking, resolving issues and saving relationships.
Have you had a spat with someone in real life? Do you really want to hurt them? Do you really want to turn the knife in their guts? Just unfriend them on Facebook. That’s going to hurt. It’s going to cut real deep. The morning they wake up, try to look for your profile on Facebook and see that they need to “Add as Friend” again they’re going to feel really bad. That’ll show them. Man, did I really piss him off that bad? they’ll wonder.
This isn’t just between young adults, teenagers or the super-tech-savvy generation anymore. Even grown adults in their 50s and 60s do this. Husband and wife, after having been married for 30 years, quarrel and decide that they can’t be Facebook friends anymore. She looks for him on her friends list. Jack…Jake…Jim…John! There he is! *click* Scroll down…Unfriend. That’s right, you bastard! Take that! *click*click* Ha! Living under the same roof is fine. But to still be Facebook friends? Not a chance!