Top 10 Reasons People Unfriend People in Facebook

Have you ever been unfriended in Facebook? Have you ever wondered why people unfriend other people in Facebook?

According to a recent study by NM Incite, here are the top reasons why people unfriend their “friends” in Facebook.

Top 10 Reasons People Unfriend in Facebook

  1. Offensive Comments
  2. Don’t know them well
  3. Trying to sell me something
  4. Depressing comments
  5. Lack of interaction
  6. Political comments
  7. Breakup / divorce
  8. Don’t like their friends
  9. Update profile too often
  10. They add too many people

In addition to this informative list of why people unfriend others you can see why people “friend” other people and why people use social media.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve unfriended anyone and why!

For instructions on how to do it, click How to Unfriend Someone in Facebook.

Why do people unfriend other people in Facebook? #Infographic
Source: NM Incite

Have you unfriended anyone in Facebook?

If so, why did you unfriend them?

Go here for instructions on how to unfriend or unfollow someone in Facebook.


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  1. I usually unfriend people I dont know very well when they start spamming me with useless stuff.
    Best friends
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  2. I unfriend soemone once for always inviting me to games. I just found an app now for that so I don’t get anymore of those. I think many don’t like too frequent updates. The more friends you have the more you can usually update without a problem.
    Political season is a whole other story Tom :)
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  3. 16% of liberals are likely to unfriend and block, rather than engage in respectful discourse, than are conservatives.
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  4. The only time I friend someone on Facebook is when I have gotten to interact with them on other channels (Twitter or Google+) for a while.

    The only people I would unfriend are those who post frequent offensive content / comments or rents and those who barely ever interact with me.
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  5. Tom,

    I have never actually unfriended people. But I was real close before I found out you could turn off games. Facebook games are the most annoying thing on the Internet in my opinion.

    Also in general I haven’t been spending as much time on Facebook. Everything as been Google+ lately…


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  6. Hi Tom,
    Great list and info-graphic!
    I have only ever unfriended a couple of people who were always negative, had nothing positive to contribute–especially if they posted these types of comments often! Now, what is the etiquette regarding re-posts? I have noticed some FB friends don’t put up any of their own material but rather, they just re-post others’ stuff. I only wonder because I have some colleagues in my field who were my students, who now have their own business (which is in competition with mine) and we often share each other’s posts (whether we are the authors or not). So far there hasn’t been an obvious problem, but I worry about those who don’t contribute and just recycle info. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Andrea – great question. There are a lot of content curators out there. People who find and share things that they find valuable or interesting. I don’t think that’s a problem. In some ways, people who only share their own posts can be seen as too self-promotional. It’s just my opinion, but I think a healthy mix of other’s content and your own is great. Some people don’t really create their own content so they’re left to curate or not share. Thanks for asking!
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  7. I get tired of the people who play the games and invite me to play! Not interested. Happy to read other peoples content, and re-shares if I think it is interesting, but enough with the advertising or sponsored posts. If my friend enters a contest, fine…but the hijacking of my space for sponsored stuff drives me nuts….but then I guess, that really isn’t an unfriending issue, but a reason that I use FB less and less as the relevant content keeps going down!
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  8. I’m just getting tired of people posting pictures of their cats, or announcing that they’re doing their laundry. (Yes, I’ve had these.) Knowing some of these people offline, I believe they were avoided because of their oddness or lack of social skills and that they’re using FB for validation.

  9. I don’t unfriend unless it is about coupons and stuff and even with that I sometimes do so passively by hiding posts. I’m positive others have unfriended me for one reason or another. Raises hands for when I used FB for games. :) I don’t use the personal account for business though – all that is now on the fb page.

  10. I believe that games as well as causes post invitations for those people who join them. Someone unfriended me for not endorsing her cause. I have unfriended some males for g-hitting on me, even after telling them I was happily married.
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