Anikei/shutterstockEveryone has a wide range of Facebook friends. Anywhere from your sister, to that girl you graduated with but never really talked to, to the guy you chatted with at the bar last weekend. Sometimes you get a friend request from someone you barely know and think to yourself, “It’s weird that they looked me up.” Or, “How did they know my last name?” But other times you take the first step and click that “Add Friend” button. (Haven’t you always wondered how the ads on your newsfeed are weirdly accurate? This is how you can turn them off.)
After a couple weeks go by and they still haven’t accepted your friend request, you may think it’s weird, but typically people just forget that they even sent one in the first place. Now you’re probably wondering how many of your friend requests have been left ignored, just floating in cyber space. (By the way, this is what your social media profile says about you.)
Well, it’s actually pretty simple to find who’s left you hanging. There’s also a way to see who unfollowed you. Go to the Facebook home screen and click on the friends icon in the upper right hand corner. Then hit “Find Friends.” There you will see all of the people waiting for you to accept their friend requests. But, if you hit the tiny “View Sent Requests” button at the top of the page, you can find out who’s rejected you.
The list typically tends to be made up of people who don’t use their Facebook anymore, or someone you creepily stalked and friend requested way too early on in the relationship and scared off. If you want to cancel your request (not that it matters because they have probably been ignoring you for three years) you can do that by clicking on the “Friend Request Sent” button next to their name. This feature can also be helpful when you’re scrolling through your newsfeed on your phone and your thumb slips and hits the “Add Friend” button from someone on your list of suggested friends that you don’t even know.
In the long run, you don’t really get anything useful out of checking who has digitally rejected you on Facebook. Maybe just a little sad, or an adrenaline boost to call them out on it the next time you cross paths. Either way, it is a pretty interesting feature.
Even if the person you really wanted to be friends with ignored you, don’t quit Facebook just yet! Science says that it actually helps you live longer.