9 ‘friends’ you should delete from Facebook
Before you know it, your Facebook page can become a haven for people you don’t speak to any more, annoying parents you once chatted to at the school gates and ex-work colleagues who love boasting about their ‘wonderful’ life. Let’s face it, the people you mingle with in the digital world can have a serious impact on your health and happiness.
Here are a few familiar faces you should probably say a virtual goodbye to:
1. The Showoff
Yes, while it was fun at first to be really nosy, looking at their holiday snaps and seeing what they were up to, their constant posts about what a wonderful life they have makes you feel as if your life is inadequate. Ditch anyone that makes you feel guilty about the things you’re blessed with, or people that make you feel super unpopular.
2. The Arguer
It’s time to say goodbye to the people who just use Facebook as a platform to start arguments. They often have controversial views that just result in a long timeline of people bickering with one another. Delete those who use the site to post offensive things simply to antagonise you, it’s not worth it.
3. The Reality TV contestant
They air their dirty laundry all over their Facebook page, with no privacy spared – and they sometimes even go as far as arguing with their partners in a public message. Although at times it can be undeniably fun to watch drama unfold, if you’re looking to lose some drama in your life, this could be a good start.
4. The Cryptic Coder
Who’s worse than the person airing their dirty laundry? The person that does it but doesn’t give anything away. This person stays pretty private, but in the most over-the-top and public way possible. ‘I’m so angry – I can’t believe some people and the lengths they go to.’ What lengths? What person? Who’s done what? Tell me now! These people do it to cause drama and draw attention, and you shouldn’t be giving in to them. Wave goodbye and remove them from your life.
5. The Gamer
We all hate those annoying invites to play things like Candy Crush, but they can be pretty addictive. Stop all communication with people you don’t really know that send you annoying gaming requests, it’ll stop you spending all your spare time playing addictive puzzles online. If it’s someone you want to remain friends with, just give them a little warning that you don’t like it.
6. The OTT Parent
You know the one – the dad who just loves to show off about his children’s achievements or the grandmother that can’t stop posting whole photo albums of her grandchildren. Okay, we get it: you love your children, and the odd photo is cute, but please stop bombarding my timeline with your perfect family!
7. The Criticiser
They are always the first person to criticise what you’re doing or what you’ve said. ‘Wow, that really can’t be good for you,’ they write, when you post a picture of that amazing dessert you’ve just scoffed, or ‘I think you’re so wrong,’ when you post an opinion about current affairs. It’s great to have some debate – to an extent – but never let someone else dictate how you should use your Facebook page. If they don’t like it, do them a favour and swiftly unfriend them.
8. The Boss
We’re not quite sure why you’d have your boss on Facebook anyway (unless you really are BFFs), but we strongly recommend you deleting them. Okay it could get pretty awkward at work, but do you really want them seeing everything you’ve been up to? They’ll start piecing together things like your late night out with friends and the fact you were 10 minutes late into work the next day.
9. The Stranger
We can guarantee you won’t speak to most of your Facebook friends in real life, so have a digital spring clean and remove a few that you really wouldn’t miss. That way, your Facebook becomes a place where you can keep in touch with those you really want to hear about. Trust us, those you delete probably won’t miss you either.