Saturday, 11 January 2014

Unfriending online matters in the real world

Well, whatever your views on social media etiquette, it appears that online rejection has real world consequences. A study from the University of Colorado Denver suggests that you need to be prepared for the real life cold shoulder when you reject online.

In their research, 40 percent of people surveyed said they would avoid in real life anyone who unfriended them on Facebook. Thankfully, some 50 percent said they would not avoid the person and the remaining 10 percent were unsure.

So be a bit more careful turning down friend requests or cutting ties online when it comes to clients and work colleagues. They could be in the 40% that take it rather badly. While it is a minority, it is a sizeable one.