Everyone has friends on Facebook they wish they didn't have. From co-workers to people you may have met once, exes, or even someone you don't talk to anymore, unfriending or unfollowing them can be a source of totally unnecessary stress.
But it doesn't have to be, according to Brian Lobel, a British University lecturer who is currently teaching his social media unfriending tricks to Australians in Melbourne.
Back in 2011, Lobel deleted a great many of his Facebook friends and has never looked back. He told The Daily Mail, "I think social media is changing our definition of friends. We subscribe to idea that 'more friends is good, more followers is good.' I started to wonder: Why is going viral a good thing?"
He later went on to say, "We need to think about the emotional value we place on online friendships by being honest about who we do and do not need in our lives. ... It's not supposed to be superficial, I just want people to be more conscious about the impact their online friends have on their actual life."
Once you've given serious thought to which friends will stay and which ones will go, here's how you unfriend someone. And note, that a little warning to the person you are unfriending might be in order.
First, go to your friends list and select the friend to delete.
Of course, if you don't want to unfriend, you can also unfollow, meaning you won't see any of the person's posts while remaining friends. This can be done by clicking on the downward arrow on the corner of any post from the unwanted person.