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Bad comments can upset online pals

india Updated: Jan 01, 2012 01:24 IST

Finding yourself with fewer friends than before on social networks ? Chances are that it’s your offensive or depressing comments that are driving your friends away.

A recent study by research firm NM Incite, a Nielsen McKinsey company, says that offensive comments are the number one reason why Facebook users un-friend someone (55%). Females are more likely to be offended by inappropriate posts while men don’t like


“friends” who try and sell them something.

Other reasons for de-friending someone on Facebook include not knowing them well (41%), posting depressing comments (23%), lack of interaction (20%) and political comments (14 %). “Facebook etiquette also plays a role, with updating too often, too little or having too many friends is a consideration for some Facebook users,” says NM Incite.

If you’re trying to boost your friend list on Facebook, you might need to get out from behind the computer and start meeting people in real life. 82 % of Facebook users said knowing someone in person is the top reason for adding them on the social network.

Other reasons why people remove friends on Facebook, as per NM Incite, are, breakup (11%), don’t like their friends (8%), and they add too many people (6%).