Facebook, It Doesn’t Lie
In our digital age, with one simple click, you can make or break a friendship. Before pressing that “Unfriend” button, do some serious Facebook studying and ample personal reflection. You have the choice to be proactive: instead of waiting for your friendship to gradually fade away or possibly end bitterly, here are three main clues on Facebook that may help you decide when it’s time to say goodbye to old friends and seek out ones that are more compatible with your current lifestyle. With that said, these clues may also remind you to rekindle that friendship fire before it burns out for good.
1. You Have Nothing in Common on Your Profile Page
Have you ever caught yourself reviewing your friend’s profile and then realized that none of your interests align anymore? Specifically, you now listen to opposite types of music, you took different educational or career paths, and you have dissimilar fashion senses to name a few. Those differences and more leave you with little to discuss. Moreover, it drastically limits your options for hanging out if you cannot ever agree on the same concert, movie, or clothing store to visit. With that said, my best friend and I have very different tastes; however, we are each open to new experiences, and we have the exact same taste in food, namely sushi. Therefore, we usually plan outings for mealtime. If you and your friend cannot find significant common ground on each other’s profiles, this may be a clue that you will not have much to do in your lives together outside of the Facebook screen—unless you make a valiant effort.
“Friendship is the foundation for starting over and for life companions.” – Psychic Reba ext. 5508
2. You Don’t Log Out and Make Time to See Each Other Anymore
We make time for the people we care about, no matter how busy we get. Facebook should not count as true quality time. Commenting on each other’s profiles and tagging old high school photos together is not enough to sustain a fulfilling friendship long term. If you find that most of your communication takes place through Facebook chat or messaging, then think about what may be preventing you two from meeting up for dinner, a drink, or even a phone call if distance is an issue. I have a friend who lives far away in Lancaster, and she works full time while raising a daughter by herself. Though we spend time communicating on Facebook, we still have a long conversation on the phone monthly as well as exchange letters and emails regularly to keep our bond beyond a social media Web site. Case in point, if your friendship is stuck in Facebook land, this is a clue that it may be destined to stick there since neither of you have taken the initiative to pursue any alternative forms of communication.
3. Your Friend Posts Inappropriate Content on Their Page and Yours
It is wise to surround yourself with people that have similar goals to you and/or people who support your ambitions. Accordingly, you should be friends with people that are ethical and positive forces in your life, generally speaking. If you look over your friend’s profile and see lots of inebriated photos, foul language, and negativity, this may be a clue that this person is not in a headspace to be a positive friend or influence on you. For instance, I work in the educational field, so I want to be friends with people who will not reveal statements or pictures on my profile that may tarnish my reputation. I need a trustworthy intelligent friend who recognizes what is appropriate for public disclosure. If your friend does not respect your online persona, this may be a clue that it is time to make new friends who can understand your position at work, school, and home.
Though you may have been close friends at some point, it is common and natural for you to potentially grow apart. When this happens, you might be in denial at first, but Facebook can point you toward some convincing evidence. Just remember to appreciate your friendship for what it was and embrace the opportunity to make new friends. If you are still feeling hesitant about moving on from these past kinships, I recommend talking to a psychic who can give you insight into the types of people you should be letting in and out of your life to help you reach true happiness and fulfillment.
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