Woke up this morning to discover, ‘Oh damn, it’s true another Facebook friend has deserted me’. Moments like this always leave me wondering what was the reason. Was I too opinionated? Too attention-seeking? Too needy? Too critical? Too juvenile? Or, heaven forbid, too fucking annoying? In truth, it’s probably a little a bit of all of them and perhaps some more.
I try to comfort myself thinking – Perhaps it’s a glitch in the Facebook friend tally system? Perhaps they’ve moved on? Perhaps we’ve gone different directions in life? Perhaps they don’t like Facebook anymore? Perhaps they’re volunteering in Africa and can’t access the Internet? Or, perhaps they’ve gone off the grid?
But, again, the dark thoughts cloud over. Perhaps those late night, drunken messages were starting to freak them out? Perhaps they always didn’t like me and just faked it? Perhaps they thought I was loser and I was just a sympathy friend? Perhaps they didn’t know who the fuck I was?
Worse is when you don’t realise it’s occurred until a couple of months later when you start thinking ‘I wonder what Joe’s up to now?‘ – only to discover the bitter truth, Joe is not your friend anymore.
In moments like this, I really wish Facebook would provide a Facebook unfriend feedback poll using a matrix of 1 to 10 along with a comments section covering a range of variables to pinpoint just why that person unfriended me, what to work on next time, how to make sure these occurences are minimised, or better still, don’t occur at all.
Somewhere out there are all my Facebook friends who’ve unfriended me. They’ll all have experiences I’ll never hear of anymore, live lives I’ll no longer know exist. I just want you all to know I still care despite our unfriendship status and wish you the best. Take heart in the knowledge that no matter how little I may have known you or connected with you in the past, I still sincerely care and am ready for a second chance if you are … please.
I ask you all to do the same and spend a moment thinking of the lives you no longer touch due to Facebook unfriendship. It really is a cold, hard online world out there. Though, seek comfort in the fact that they most likely just don’t fucking like you.