Out of the thousands of digital “friends” and followers you have, how many can you truly count on to be there for you? Who will answer your desperate 3 a.m. calls, or show up at your doorstep, ready to help you move? Who forces you to go to the gym on the days you’d rather be sleeping, or caves in and bakes a vat of brownies with you for the third weekend in a row? I think it’s safe to assume that not all 2,157 of your Facebook friends offer that kind of reliability.
I propose we celebrate National Unfriend Day by cutting out the toxicity and making more room for those we truly care about in life. I, for one, am all for an excuse to divulge in a little self-care. So, go ahead and hit that “unfollow” button on the girl you met in the bathroom line at college three years ago and never hung out with again. Trust me, it’ll be good for you. It’s time to say “goodbye” to your fake friends and “hello” to new beginnings.
Need an extra push? Here are a few books that’ll remind you just how emotionally hindering bad friends can be, and how empowering the true ones can be.