ANYWAY. Let's discuss the topic at hand.
How many of you have unfriended or unfollowed someone on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram just to make a point to them? I mean, we know celebrities do it to each other all the time-- how else could the world keep track of whether Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are still friends-- but what about when us normal folks engage in the same kind of behavior? In my opinion, it's a bit passive-aggressive. I mean, on Facebook* there's something called the "unfollow" option that functions differently than on Instagram and Twitter. I use it all the time. When you "unfollow" someone on Facebook, none of their posts will show up in your newsfeed, but you're still technically "friends" with them. This way, you can pretend the person you're pissed at no longer exists, but they don't have to know you're pretending they don't exist. We can all be like:
But if you think that's bad, that same friend's MOM unfriended me on Facebook. I promise you, the friend and I never even had a falling out and her mom has known me since I was a thirteen year old kid. Admittedly, she probably doesn't know the "unfollow" button exists, but WTF mature adult person?
In the case of ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends, I think unfriending (FB) and unfollowing (Twitter & Instagram) is totally acceptable. In fact, I encourage it. But when it comes to family members or people you've known for years and there's no obvious chasm that's made you not want them in your life, then don't send people into a vague and confusing tail spin wondering what they've done wrong to get the social networking boot. Aiight? Aiight.
*I have no idea how unfriending/unfollowing works on Google+ because-- is anyone even on Google+?