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A Facebook Divided: 1 Out of 5 Americans Unfriend Over Politics

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Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

click to enlarge SCOTT BEALE
  • Scott Beale
A new survey says nearly 1 out of 5 of you have "blocked, unfriended, or hidden" a social networking pal because you found their politically oriented posts offensive, arguable or disagreeable.

In other words, many Facebook users are thin-skinned.

According to a just-released Pew Internet & American Life Project survey:

When [social network users] shun others based on political content, it is most often a distant friend or acquaintance, rather than a close friend or family member. But roughly a third of those who have ended contact on SNS [social networking sites] say a family member or close friend was involved.

The biggest turn off was posting too often on political subjects. About 1 in 10 of you gave friends the boot for this.

You ignorant mutts.

You know why we unfriend someone? Because they're an idiot. Not because we disagree about who's going to take the Republican nomination or about how much they love posting Fox News stories.

At least those people are more engaging than the geniuses who post cat memes.

And that's what social media is all about -- having a virtual Town Hall.

Well, at least most of you get that. According to the survey:

When they disagree with others' posts, 66% of these SNS users say they usually ignore the posts; 28% said they usually respond with comments or posts of their own; and 5% said it depends on the circumstances.

Nearly half of you (47 percent) have posted the "like" button in response to a friend's political post.

Yeah. We like that too.

Read more here.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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