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PhD student has scientific theory for why you got unfriended on Facebook

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Wondering which co-worker or ex-boyfriend unfriended you on Facebook? Well, you'll have to check your friend list manually for that, but if you want to know why they ditched you on The Social Network, you only have to ask University of Colorado PhD student Christopher Sibona, who has four possibilities for you:

#1. Frequent, unimportant posts

#2 polarizing posts (i.e. political)

#3 inappropriate posts (i.e. you mention wieners)

#4 everyday life posts ("Ughhhhhh soo dont want too go two work 2day")

Sibona based his research on a whopping 1,500 stories of unfriending, asking the de-friender instead of the dumpee:

"People will say things like, 'I don't need to know about what they ate for breakfast,'" Sibona points out, "but relatively few people unfriend others for posting about their eating habits." In fact, only about 9 percent of unfrienders mentioned food, as compared to 19 percent who unfriended someone because they blathered on about their job — tops in the category. Other everyday life reasons for unfriending included posts about purchases, exercise, habits, money, celebrities, pets, sports scores, children, spouses and the promotion of a product or service. [Denver News]

You know, people, the hide button can solve all these problems without having to piss someone off by unfriending them.

Surprisingly, the rest of Sibona's research is also pretty interesting — the Denver News has the story.