-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Many people say they would
avoid real-life contact with someone who unfriended them on
Facebook, a new study finds.
"People think social networks are just for fun, but ... what you do on those sites can have real-world consequences," study author Christopher Sibona said in a news release from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Sibona, a doctoral student in the university's Computer Science
and Information Systems program, looked at almost 600 survey
responses gathered via Twitter and found that 40 percent of
respondents said they would avoid in real life anyone who
unfriended them on Facebook. Half said they would not avoid the
person and 10 percent were unsure.
Women were more likely than men to avoid people who unfriended
them, according to the study, which was released earlier this month
at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Six factors predicted whether someone would avoid a person who
"The No. 1 predictor was whether the person who said the relationship was over talked about it to someone else," Sibona said. "Talking to someone is a public declaration that the friendship is over."
The American Academy of Pediatrics outlines how parents should
talk to their children about
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