Top 10 Reasons People Unfriend People in Facebook

Why unfriend people in Facebook

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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.


Tom Treanor is the founder of the Right Mix Marketing blog. He’s the author of the Search Engine Boot Camp, the co-author of Online Business Productivity, and regularly speaks at industry and corporate events. His writing has been featured on the Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Examiner, Copyblogger and other leading industry blogs.


    1. It seems that I get invited to games a lot less than I used to. I think the decline of Zynga has something to do with that! I guess people have moved on. Yes, political season was very, very trying…. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Cendrine – that sounds like a really logical way to do it. I sometimes look at their other connections to see if they know people I do if I’m on the fence. Thanks for stopping by and sharing too!

    1. Ryan,
      Great point – yes, you can turn off things like game notifications or pick what you get from certain people. Yes, some people are definitely choosing G+ over Facebook these days. It will be interesting to see how Google+ grows and changes.

  1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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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    1. I hear you about the games! The sponsored posts and suggested pages are another matter but I agree. That will likely get worse before it gets better… Thanks for stopping by!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. Hi Sara,
      Hey, we all do things on occasion that some people might consider “unfriend-worthy”. Sometimes it’s just better to be disconnected with them in the end anyway! Thanks for stopping by to add to the conversation!

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