Do You Have a Social Media “Friend” Who Annoys You? Dump Them.

When Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, or other social media platforms became available, most of us jumped on them with great excitement. We “friended” everyone we could find. But now, months or years later, we all have “friends” that annoy the heck out of us. Maybe they’re obsessive about one thing, or they just have weird rants, or feel their one purpose in life is to criticize whatever you post. Here’s the answer:

Dump them. Unfriend them. Delete them. Get them out of your life. Worry less about their potential hurt feelings, and more about your mental health.

I had one “friend” who ranted multiple times a day about politics. Extreme, cranky, and outright angry. If you had the audacity to offer a different view he went off on you. His view of “tolerance” was to be tolerant of his ideas, and intolerant of everyone else’s.

So I unfriended him. I don’t need that in my life. I want friends who are open to honest exchanges of ideas – not idea Nazis.

Don’t worry about it in the least. Your mental health is more important than feeling like you have to give a platform to the nuts in your life.

Any of you have a “friend” like that?

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  • richdixon

    We all have friends like that, and your guidance is spot on. I’m more concerned with not being “that guy.” :-)

  • Brian

    Phil, you are that guy for me.
    Just kidding :)

    • http://philcooke.com Phil Cooke

      I do worry about that sometimes…   :-)

  • Finz7

    I “unfriended” a friend about a year ago.  She is one of the most opinionated people I know.  Drove me crazy!  Since then, I have enjoyed getting on FB and NOT finding everything under the sun according to her way of thinking.  I did engage her on a topic once; it was the last time. Shortly after that, I unfriended her.  Thanks for validating my decision!

  • osborn4

    It’s amazing the people that don’t get that concept, that they can “ditch” or ignore online “friends” I started doing that a few years ago in facebook and it cleaned up my stream real nicely.

    • http://philcooke.com Phil Cooke

      Makes you much happier! 

  • MaryJo

    Yep, unfriended an in-law a year ago. Don’t have to worry about seething sarcasm in public view on my posts. I’ve never looked back on my decision.
    “Your mental health is more important than feeling like you have to give a platform to the nuts in your life.” This is GREAT!

  • http://threethirtypm.com/ Jim Gray

    Amen.