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People most likely to unfriend high school friends on Facebook

New Delhi: The most likely person to be unfriended on Facebook is a high school acquaintance, a new study has found.Scientists have found new insight into the most common kind of 'friend' who is unfriended

PTI [ Updated: April 23, 2014 15:33 IST ]
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people most likely to unfriend high school friends on facebook

New Delhi: The most likely person to be unfriended on Facebook is a high school acquaintance, a new study has found.


Scientists have found new insight into the most common kind of 'friend' who is unfriended on Facebook, as well as the unfriended person's emotional response to such a situation.

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Denver found that the top five kinds of people respondents unfriended were: High School friends, other, friend of a friend, work friends and common interest friend.

"The most common reason for unfriending someone from high school is that the person posted polarising comments often about religion or politics," said Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student in the Computer Science and Information Systems programme at the CU Denver Business School.

"The other big reason for unfriending was frequent, uninteresting posts," said Sibona.

Sibona's first study examined 'context collapse and unfriending behaviours' 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.

"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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