Call it delayed reaction or plain old laziness of finer powers to ponder, it is only lately that I spared a thought to the ‘Unfriend’ option on my page in Facebook. Not being very e-savvy and hence , rather shy of exploring the ‘options’ in the digital world , I never used this button till I hit it accidently and what triggered off can only be described as cascading collapse of camaraderie between my (un)friend and my very -sorry self. That the friend did not regard this (col)lapse in a friendly light , goes without saying.
A cliché –overused as they are, came to mind- A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Can one add-
Till with a click,
You bid them god speed,
In carelessness or with ill- intent,
From your Facebook content,
I wish to see you no more..
You have decreed!
And where does this non-person, this non –entity whose existence you have decided to obliterate from your friendly universe go? Is there a place where ‘no friends have gone before’. A black hole? A point of no return?
Perhaps there is a point in getting philosophical over this. Nobody stands immune from this exile, this fall from grace and friends are too precious to be dealt with as clinically as this. I can honestly confess that faced with such unfriendliness, I would be heartbroken.
Is there a re-friend button too on Facebook ? Or does one go back all the way shamefacedly sending a request to make amends with the friend -turned –foe or worse still a stranger who regards you with coldness ?
What do you think about the ‘unfriend’ option ? Have you used it to regret it later? Have you felt the sting yourself?