If you’re like most people, it’s been a while since you’ve sat down and evaluated what your online relationships are doing for you.
It’s easy to just keep following people and adding friends. If it were up to the social networks, that’s all you’d do. You’d end up drowning in so much information you’d never be able to take your eyes off the news feed.
But that’s not how people live their lives.
We make choices about which relationships we build and which ones we neglect. We choose to communicate with some people on certain channels and keep the everyone else for if and when we need them. We decide to sit on Facebook and Twitter all night rather than getting coffee or dinner with someone we haven’t seen in a while.
The joy of modern life is that even when we are alone, we continue to be together, building the weakest of relationships.
But if those relationships aren’t doing anything for you, drop them. Do you know why you follow that person on Twitter? Can you remember where you actually met all 647 of your Facebook friends, and what they do for you? If you can’t give one valid reason, and you have no idea where a person is from, it’s time to unfriend them.
I know. It sucks. But sometimes, that’s what we have to do. Relationships change. People move on.
Some relationships end with a bang. Others end with a whimper. And in the age of social networks, we end ours when we click “Unfriend.”
Unfollow someone who isn’t entertaining or informing you anymore. Your time and relationships are precious. Don’t waste them.