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National Unfriend Day

Ready to give your online presence a clean sweep? Join us for National Unfriend Day and say goodbye to those unwanted social media connections!
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November 17
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Get ready to "unfriend" on National Unfriend Day, November 17th! This day was created in 2010 by Jimmy Kimmel as a way for people to take control of their online presence and clean up their social media accounts. Whether it be getting rid of old acquaintances, that pesky relative or just simply reducing the noise from your newsfeed - taking this opportunity can help you stay connected with the important people in your life.

History of National Unfriend Day

National Unfriend Day Dates

National Unfriend Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Facebook’s Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, giving birth to modern social networks and introducing the concept of 'friending' people online.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Twitter Joins Social Media</div><div class='timeline-text'>Twitter was introduced creating a new platform for online relationships and pushing the boundary of what 'friendship' means online.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Unfriend Day Creation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Jimmy Kimmel created National Unfriend Day, encouraging people to delete unnecessary friends from social media, promoting a healthier and more meaningful online environment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Facebook Hits One Billion</div><div class='timeline-text'>Over 1 billion people were using Facebook, highlighting the need for critical management of online relationships and the relevance of Unfriend Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Public Awareness Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>Media coverage of National Unfriend Day increased, raising public awareness about the creep of digital overload and the importance of cultivating meaningful online connections.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Unfriend Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Unfollow social media accounts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>We all have some accounts that are just not adding any value to our lives. Go through your list of followers and unfollow anyone that you don't need in your feed.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Delete contacts from your phone</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a look at the contacts in your phone, and delete any that you don't need anymore or anyone you may have lost contact with.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize an 'unfriending party'</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a night of purging. Bring snacks and beverages and help each other go through social media accounts, deleting contacts and unfollowing people who no longer bring value to your lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send out postcards</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send out postcards to everyone you want to 'unfriend'. Give them a heads up that it's time to say goodbye!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a break from social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a break from it all. Delete all of your apps for 24 hours and take the time to appreciate the world around you.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Unfriend Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages self care</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Unfriending someone from your social media can be hard, but it's an important way to take control of your online presence. Fixating on other people's lives or keeping track of what they are doing can create anxiety and stress, so National Unfriend Day is a great reminder to take a break from social media and focus on yourself!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports mental health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Unfollowing or unfriending someone from your social media isn't necessarily a negative thing - it's about protecting your own mental health and well being. By reducing your exposure to certain people or content that you find draining or triggering, you can create a safer space for yourself mentally.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It allows for personal growth</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Sometimes life doesn't follow the same trajectory as our friends, and that's ok! National Unfriend Day lets us distance ourselves from those who don't share our current interests and values, and instead embrace people and things that will help us grow in different directions. It reminds us that we are always evolving, and it's okay to let go of relationships when needed!</p></div></div>

5 Revealing Facts about National Unfriend Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Unfriend Day is Celebrated Worldwide</h3><p class='facts-text'>Even though it was introduced by American comedian Jimmy Kimmel, National Unfriend Day is now marked across many countries globally, reflecting the international nature of social media.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Unfriend Day Aims to Enhance Quality, Not Lower Quantity</h3><p class='facts-text'>The goal of this day isn't just to reduce the number of friends but to give preference to quality over quantity. Social media users are encouraged to keep only those connections that matter and share meaningful content.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Unfriend Day Predates National Social Media Day</h3><p class='facts-text'>Interestingly, National Unfriend Day was observed for the first time in 2010, a year before Social Media Day was officially recognized by numerous cities across the U.S..</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>National Unfriend Day was Triggered by Oversized Friends Lists</h3><p class='facts-text'>Jimmy Kimmel was inspired to create National Unfriend Day after noticing his friends had hundreds or thousands of friends on Facebook, far higher than average real-life social circles, prompting questions about the authenticity of these relationships.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Term "Unfriend" was Oxford’s Word of the Year in 2009</h3><p class='facts-text'>Just before National Unfriend Day came into existence, "unfriend" was designated as the New Oxford American Dictionary's Word of the Year in 2009, reflecting its growing use and relevance.</p></div></div>

National Unfriend Day FAQs

When is National Unfriend Day?

National Unfriend Day is celebrated on November 17 every year. In 2024 National Unfriend Day will occur on a Sunday.

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