So I read an interesting little article on BlogHer today titled "Defriending on Facebook". I was instantly interested because lately there has been someone that I wanted to "defriend" but I think that there could be ramifications if I do.
In the article, the writer talks about defriending a Facebook friend because though they were close friends at one time, now when she sees this person actually "in" person, they don't acknowledge her. Interesting. I think Facebook is a great way to reconnect with people that you really are interested in being friends with from your past but I think we can get caught up in friend requesting people that we are only sort of interested in or because we are just plain curious as to what they turned out to be like in life.
I have numerous Facebook friends that fall in to that category.
So back to my defriending. I am FB friends with someone who was a good friend for a time, but we've not talked in more than a year, didn't part on the best of terms and to be honest, the pictures that she posts sort of creep me out. Seriously, when I see one of her pictures, I tend to refresh my page or do whatever possible to get it out of my field of vision. So why don't I just do it? Because we have mutual friends.
I certainly don't want to be in one of those awkward conversations where someone will say, "So, you defriended so-and-so...". Don't think it will happen? Trust me, it does. I've had several conversations with people who have been in similar situations and have been questioned (or interrogated) about their defriending. I really don't want to deal with that but then again, this woman's pictures creep me out. They're a weird family and I feel better just not associating with them.
So...do you defriend or grin and bear it?