Unfriending The Enemy

Politics overload drives Facebook users to cut ties

Chris Adamson is a let-live libertarian, but he didn't mind that most of his Facebook friends are berliberal--until this election season. That's when the Grand Rapids, Mich., computer programmer noticed a stream of less-than-subtle posts invading his News Feed. The breaking point came when one of his buddies pledged to post every single day in an effort to understand "why his friends could possibly vote for" Mitt Romney. "Given the nature of my friend group, I'm getting this very one-sided argument that I don't even want to participate in anymore," Adamson says.

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