We’re becoming less friendly on Facebook

Marketplace Staff Feb 27, 2012

The golden age of Facebook is over. Rather than piling on hundreds of friends, acquaintances, loose contacts, and strangers into an enormous mound of Friends, we are paring back and becoming a little less extroverted. Or so says Pew with a new report, which Read Write Web summarizes:

More users are untagging themselves from photos, deleting comments and unfriending others. Women and younger users tend to prune more than others: 67% of women with social network site profiles have deleted users compared with 58% of men.

On the other hand, men are twice as likely to regret saying something on Facebook as women.

Now, does this all represent a souring on our relationship to Facebook? Years from now, will we look back and say, “Remember when we all became electronic Friends with people from grade school who we really didn’t want to hear from? What was up with THAT?

OR! Are we just getting better at managing what is now an inescapable facet of life? Are we just better practiced at how to handle powerful tool. Text me your answer and then Facebook will read it and post it on my Timeline.

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