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Friday, November 17, 2017

Today is "National UnFriend Day" — do you know who your real friends are?

In the digital age, quantity overshadows quality

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 5:17 PM

In the age of the Internet, social media is our playground—with an endless sea of "friends" available just a click away. The term "friend" has become more of a verb these days than a word referring to an actual human being.

That guy that you met at your friend's party last week? Better "friend" him on Facebook. "Friending" your coworkers, acquaintances, hook-ups is and, yes, even strangers—basically anyone within six degrees of Kevin Bacon—is commonplace.

How did we get to this point? Are we all that vain?

Late night show host Jimmy Kimmel came up with a way to solve our compulsive overuse of the word and to declutter our Facebook feeds: he created "National UnFriend Day."

In 2010, Kimmel declared Nov. 17 "National UnFriend Day" on his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Why? To encourage everyone to stop the charade—and get real. Do you know who your real friends are?

In his declaration of "National UnFriend Day" or "NUD," Kimmel encourages everyone to cut the "friend fat" on Nov. 17.

"A friend is someone you have a special relationship with," said Kimmel. "It’s not someone who asks, 'Which Harry Potter character are you?"

He goes on to embolden his audience to “unfriend all the Ginas of the world." You know Gina. "Gina" posts things like, "It's November!!! #PSL," orchestrated photos of her lunch and "check-ins" at the gym. Maybe you're "Gina." Don't be "Gina."
Ask yourself a few simple questions: Would these "friends" help you move furniture? What about pick you up at the airport? Call you after a loved one has passed?

If the answer is no, Kimmel says it's time to cut ties. It's easy! Having trouble? Here's a handy video tutorial.

Let the culling begin.


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