Social media tiptoed into our lives and bear hugged the vast majority into it’s claws. It can be a place where we are squished with warm fuzzies. But the flip side are claws that tear and gash at tender skin, leaving oozing wounds and scars in their wake.
Sharpened talons come out in the forms of snarky comments and tirades masquerading as a “general” status update. No one’s immune and no one’s buying it. It’s enough already.
With that, I’m breaking up with you.
At least online. Because there are times where two people just shouldn’t be “friends” where media is involved. When tender relationships bleed and fester with media interactions, it is time to clean the wounds, and repair the damage.
Text leaves too much to be interpreted. Too many white spaces to be filled in with our own tarnished filters. Assumptions made. Words misread. Feelings and thoughts expressed that would have never been spoken in person.
There comes a point where maturity steps in and says, “I love you. I want to salvage this relationship but we can’t be friends in the online realm. And that’s okay.”
Today, I’m unfriending you in order to preserve our real life relationship. I’ll follow you face-to-face.
But for now.
I’m breaking up with you.
* Your thoughts matter. Is there anyone in your life you may need to “unfriend” online? Perhaps a relationship where the two of you just do not read each other correctly? Please share in the comments below.
PS: Just so we are clear, this post is not about anyone currently on my Facebook friends list or anyone in my family. This post was created out of a conversation with a close friend about this topic and issues that can arise.
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