If I still lived at home, it would probably be a house rule -- you cannot unfriend anybody from your childhood. It's just bad form.
I admit. It's all petty. However, this dynamic will cause Facebook to run its course at some point after the initial mobile explosion. I'm not sure how much longer humanity can handle the blend of ignorance and mindless time killing that comes across that site.
Case in point.
I will spare this person the embarrassment of a blown identity, but somebody I used to know and became "friends" with on Facebook posted this the other day:
Wtf does wegmans have so many foreigners shopping here today? But the better question, why the hell are they using food stamps while i pay cash? Guess i pay for theirAnd that's a sample of the more tame stuff from my conservative Facebook "friends." My wife's feed -- she hails from the ultra-conservative Central Valley of California -- is even worse. If you publicly state some of the things these nut jobs post in a place like San Francisco or parts of Los Angeles, you'll be embarrassed right out of the room. Frankly, I'm not sure why "we" should make "you" feel welcome. But, on Facebook, we're supposed to tolerate this tripe? Don't get me wrong. I love a good joke -- politically incorrect, off color, dark or dealing with race/ethnicity. I even relish opposing political points of view. I have a buddy, in "real life" and on Facebook, who we'll call "Waz." Waz posts stuff that ticks me off. But, I quickly retreat -- even if we spar -- because I know he's doing it for partly comedic purposes. Waz is a gentle soul. A smart guy. He does good work. He has just always been funny. The class clown in a good sort of way. I don't think we need to worry about him organizing a Hitler youth rally, stoning "Welfare mothers" or bullying gay co-workers at the company Christmas party. You likely experience this as well. Certainly, conservatives will turn my argument against me. But that's not the point. It's less about politics and more about Facebook's long-term viability.