The act of removing someone from your list of friends on Facebook. The motivation for a defriending and the result are rarely in proportion with one another.
Defriending is the deliberate removal of friends from your social network profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, or, if it were 2007, Myspace. While considered passive-aggressive or cowardly by some, defriending is the perfect option for a reasonable person who has no room for childish drama, constant streams of nothing-filled updates, or blatant hate speech in their lives. In other words, we're all for it.
In this age of social networking, we often 'friend' people we presume to be like-minded, only to find out that they are 100% batshit insane after the fact. Especially if you've added someone you haven't spoken to on a regular basis in a decade, or a co-worker you'd only consider a passing acquaintance in real life. Here are a few perfectly justifiable reasons for undoing these social network friendships:
While defriending is entirely anonymous and your victims will not be informed that you no longer deem them suitable to view your drunken photographs and banal status updates, the defriended will notice that their friend counter has gone down and may be able to locate you by the process of elimination. The chances of detection from a socialite slut with over three thousand friends are slim. If you're the only friend of Bill "Norman" Bates and his seventy four notes on why President Obama is the Antichrist, he's probably going to notice and be a tad upset.
If you haven't already done so, make sure your privacy settings are watertight. If anyone can see your profile anyway, defriending is little more than a slap in the face.
Social networks vary, but the procedure is pretty much the same everywhere. With Facebook, for instance, simply go to the profile of the person you wish to defriend, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the link marked "Remove From Friends". After an "Are You Sure?" box pops up, and you agree to break your link with this person, the deed is done. Quick and simple. If you change your mind, you can always request to be friends again, but don't be surprised if they refuse on grounds that you are an emotionally unstable, antisocial bastard.