She likes me. She likes me not.
These are the words one can say to themselves when they’ve found out a long-time friend has decided to cut the digital cord on Facebook.
As a social media enthusiast and digital cheerleader, embracing technology and reconnecting with friends from nursery school through long lost loves on Facebook and social media has been the best digital gift I could ever ask for.
While I encourage singles who are experiencing a recent breakup to do their digital housekeeping (i.e.: unfriend your ex, untag photos and yes, block him or her), so they can move onto a healthy relationship without obsessing about their ex, there’s another type of unfriending that’s been going on and it can really hurt — Getting dumped by a platonic friend when you don’t see it coming.
I’ve had the experience of being unfriended twice by whom I thought were close friends on Facebook. The first time this happened to me years ago, I was heartbroken. I called my friend of 20 years and begged for forgiveness on a silly misunderstanding about where we were sitting at a garden party. It was hot out and I didn’t think it mattered where we sat. Frankly her behavior was uncalled for and I felt she was acting like an immature brat. Still, it hurt.