Defriending can bruise your ‘digital ego’

CNN article

  • Researchers say our reaction to social rejection is the same whether it happens online or off
  • Elaine Fogel learned this after having a LinkedIn request be turned down
  • After experiencing online rejection, Kenneth Loflin altered the way he interacts online
  • Some users think you can avoid awkwardness of defriending by sending e-mail to explain

(plus from danah boyd (2006). Friends, Friendsters, and MySpace: ‘defriending’ someone by dropping them from a friend list can result – deliberately or accidentally – in upset feelings )

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