"I encourage you to cut out some of the friend fat in your life," he said.
Special thanks to Leslie Horn for this guest post. [No, she does not know she was my guest today.]
"Let's face it. We all have those Facebook friends that we don't really know. Whether it's that guy that you once did a group project with in a college anthropology class and never talked to again or the person you can't remember meeting at all, most of us can afford to do some serious editing on our ever-growing friends list. That's why late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has declared Nov. 17 National Unfriend Day.
"Friendship is a sacred thing and I believe Facebook is cheapening it," Kimmel said in a monologue.
The TV personality has enlisted celebrities like William Shatner and Dr. Mehmet Oz to promote the cause on his show. "These people on Facebook: they're not your friends," Shatner deadpanned.
Kimmel listed some guidelines for unfriending:
"If you wouldn't loan someone $50, unfriend them. If you wouldn't invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them. If you wouldn't cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them. It doesn't have to be a hostile thing," he quipped.
Kimmel said that he estimates "90 percent of your Facebook friends aren't really your friends at all."
In 2009, "unfriend was selected as the word of the year by the New Oxford American Dictionary and was officially added to the lexicon.
A recent study from a University of Colorado Denver business student examined the reasons why people unfriend their Facebook pals. He found that the main factor in discontinuing a friendship on the social-networking site is persistent, pointless posts. Kimmel says to dump them.
"I encourage you to cut out some of the friend fat in your life," he said."
Watch the following clip from Kimmel to hear more on "NUD: National Unfriend Day."
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