Happy National Unfriend Day!

Happy National Unfriend Day, PopWatchers! Jimmy Kimmel created this dubious holiday to restore integrity to the word “friend” and encourage people to “cut out some of the friend fat in your life.” NUD, guided by its declaration of indefriendence, reminds us that “all men are not created equal. Some men are very annoying.” Heh.

“Remember five years ago when no one was on Facebook, and you didn’t know what the guy you took high school biology with was having for lunch? Remember how that was fine? Let’s go back to that,” Kimmel joked. But it’s almost too true! That really was fine, those dark days.

I fully support NUD, and not just because I like a goofy acronym — but boy, do I! No, it’s also because I love punishing people who take online quizzes. Most of those are just spam generators, you guys.

Who are you unfriending, PopWatchers?

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  • Mark

    And here come all the people with active Facebook accounts who claim they never use Facebook.

  • Rush

    How do I share this on Facebook?

  • Jenn

    I admit to having an active facebook account, but I’m truly only friends with people that I know and have regular contact with in the real world. But now I wish that weren’t true just so I could unfriend some people today!

    • Catherine

      Same here. My brother is always joking that I am the only Facebook user with less than 20 friends…

    • Rolo Tomasi

      If you have regular contact with them in the real world, why do you need to have them on your FaceBook then?

      • Catherine

        Peer Pressure…What can I say, I am weak!

      • Karate Pants

        But what’s the point, Catherine? Why don’t you just communicate with them through other channels?
        I don’t get it. The fun of facebook for me is connecting with people I don’t usually see or talk to.

      • Chris

        Why are you singling her out? There are millions of people on Facebook for the same reason as her. She gave you a response and if it’s not good enough for you then ask the other millions of people on Facebook and maybe you’ll get the response you were looking for.

      • Karate Pants

        I’d never heard of anyone who is ONLY friends with people on facebook that they see on a regular basis, and only uses it as a result of “peer pressure”. So I had to ask. I’m not picking on her, it’s just weird. Callllm Dowwwwn.

      • Jenn

        I like reading the updates and seeing pictures from my friends and family.

    • Ann

      I also think part of the fun of Facebook is catching up with the people who are not a regular part of your daily life. I am not saying you should be FB friends with just anyone, but it is fun reconnecting with old pals from high school and such.

  • Dana

    you guys

  • Rolo Tomasi

    See, I think Facebook should be used for people you haven’t seen in a long time or who have moved away, what I don’t understand is being friends with people you already hang out with or work with.

  • SLT

    I’m not on Facebook and we don’t even have a computer at home so I’m still in those “dark days” and don’t mind it one bit. When I hear how many of my friends get ticked about what someone said on FB or how they get defriended, etc I just wonder to myself why ADULTS do this to themselves. I know I’ve never been on it so I can only speak from what I’ve heard about it but it seems a little high school. If there are people I want to keep in touch with, I will. If not, then oh well. I really don’t think it encourages people to keep in touch. It seems like it encourages people to share minute details of their personal life with other people that pretend to care. Again, just speaking from what I’ve seen and heard from others.

    • Karate Pants

      Though it’s apparently no longer cool to enjoy facebook, I still do. It might sound strange, but I love that I get to reconnect with friends from school or old co-workers without having to hang out with them. I enjoy the minutia of others’ lives. It’s fun.
      Your friends that are getting unfriended? Well, they’re probably either grossing everyone out with the results of their sex quizzes, reporting every move they make all day long, or insulting people.

  • Bedc01

    I went from close to 60 “friends” to only 5 now.. And those are the people I kept around, cause I hardly see them since they moved out of town.. Oh and I did this a month ago too…

    • Rolo Tomasi

      The only person I defriended so far was some guy I knew in Jr. High and it became obvious he was gay (which is fine) but other guys were sending him pics of half naked men all the time which I thought was inappropriate.

      • Bedc01

        The most mind blowing experience for me was being ask to be friends with someone I went to school 24 years ago, when I was 11 years old.. I ignored the guy cause: 1.- I was never really friends with him. And 2.- he is a part of my early life I care not to revisit

  • AN

    I have a ton of “friends” on FB, because of the industry in which I work, I can’t exactly say no when a client wants to be “friends”. (Seriously, I can’t. I asked my boss and was told I had to be their friend.) So, I just restrict access to EVERYTHING. When a client or co-worker says, “You never post anything on Facebook!”, I simply say, “Oh I just use it to keep in touch with others, not really for myself.” Meanwhile, what I really want to say is, “I don’t like you enough to let you see my wall and photos!”

    • ramsey

      I truly have an issue with “work” asking you to use your personal life for business. I refuse to do it so I deny having a FB or twitter account. I’m actually not all that active on FB either. It’s too much of a chore. I probably look at stuff every three days or so.

  • karyn p

    I didnt unfriend them, but I had 5 pregnant people on my facebook who were due around the same time, and all their posts were along the same lines “ohhh baby is getting big” “oh baby, my back hurts cos of you” “oh im so excited for baby” Getting bombarded a lot daily by these people prompted me to hide them from my feed until the baby is at least 10 so i dont get minute by minute baby updates. I dont care what color his or her poo is. People need to discriminate on what they post.

    • Rolo Tomasi

      I didn’t realize how many people are starved for atttention.

      • J

        And this coming from someone who makes daily comments on multiple posts on the EW website?

    • Chris

      It gets even worse when someone is getting married. You have to get a detail of every step in the planning process.

  • jj

    I read the headline “National Unfriendly Day.” That could include more of us who don’t use FaceBook.

  • Julia

    I culled everyone I didn’t communicate with outside of Facebook. Went from 178 to 30 in about five minutes.

  • KK

    I agree, I’m a rebel! I REFUSE to use Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or any of it. If I want someone to know something? I will call them and tell them.

  • mikey

    NUD almost makes me wish I had a Facebook account so I could unfriend everyone on it. But I just have to be satisfied that as a non Facebook user I retain my status as a shining beacon for good in the world.

  • Amanda

    People who brag about the fact that they refuse to use Facebook are as annoying as the Facebook addicts. It is a social network that allows people to keep in touch with friends and/or family. Nothing more, nothing less. You don’t get cool points for not using it and no one loves you more because you post pics of your baby pooping every day.

  • Caroline

    I don’t think people brag about not having using. I think we just have other things to do. I have email at work and home. I can be contacted or sent pics and that’s good enough. There isn’t anyone from my childhood that I want to have contact with. I’d rather stay at home with my husband than chat online with “friends” I haven’t seen in decades. Maybe it’s contentment.

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