It is rather sad that the day has arrived where we quantify our lives through the number of friends whom we have on our social network. Psychologists claim that to have a Facebook friend request turned down offers a similar emotional smarting as that of being rejected in real life, resulting in those rejected to feel ‘withdrawn’ and ‘numb’, at least according to a study of 77 college students in chat scenarios. I say, why not expand that study to include a wider spectrum of test subjects instead of students who were brought up in a digital world, and have not discovered the joys of actual, face to face conversation? It is amazing that many of us project the Internet as a real world now, preferring to text our friend who is sitting across the table instead of actually having a real conversation. Have you been rejected on Facebook before, and how did you deal with the situation? Hopefully there will not be any recurrence of the double murder case after a “defriending”.
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