Frequent Facebook users who are continually updating their statuses with dull and trivial statements are most at risk of being deleted by their online mates, a new study has revealed.
Telling the world what you had for dinner, or how much you love your boyfriend for the millionth time is the biggest turn off for Facebook friends. The research was conducted by the University of Colorado where 1,500 Facebook accounts were used as part of the study.
Being dull topped the poll of reason people unfriend Facebook budies on the social networking site which boasts 500 million users worldwide, and 27 million in the UK alone.
Other popular reasons for dumping friends in the virtual world include break-ups between couples in the real world, and children deleting their parents to prevent them from prying in on their online lives. Being racist, crude, or posting very opinionated remarks about politics or religion is also a big no-no on Facebook.
The study found that 57% of people deleted friends off their Facebook because of something they did online, while 27% de-friended them because of an event which occurred in the real world.
The practice of deleting people as a friend on a social network site even has an official name thanks to the New Oxford American Dictionary which named “unfriend” its Word of the Year in 2009.