Dr. Helen

The New Mean Girls: Democratic Women Most Likely to Unfriend You

According to this article at “The Hill,” you are most likely to be unfriended or unfollowed on social media by a Democratic “peace-loving” woman:

Democratic voters are almost three times as likely to have “blocked, unfriended, or stopped following someone on social media” after Donald Trump’s victory, according to a study released Monday.

The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI ) found 24 percent of Democrats distanced themselves from people on social media because of a political postings. Nine percent of both Republicans and independents reported doing the same to those in social media circles….

The survey shows considerable splits along gender lines as well.

Women were “twice as likely as men to report removing people from their online social circle because of the political views they expressed online,” 18 percent to 9 percent, according to the study conducted by Daniel Cox and Robert P. Jones.

Three in 10 Democratic women said they removed someone from a social media platform due to a political opinion shared. This compares to just 14 percent of Democratic men doing the same.

Republican men and women were about equal on this front, with 10 percent of GOP men saying they blocked, unfollowed, or unfriended someone on social media because of political postings and 8 percent of Republican women following suit.

What I find interesting here is that Republican women are the least likely to unfriend someone at 8%, meaning that they are more tolerant of other points of view. But then, a Republican woman is generally someone more clearly likely to buck the trend and herd mentality, as the majority of women are Democrats. Maybe right-leaning women are more autonomous and don’t need a crowd of people supporting and propping them up constantly.

I have noticed that in general, female Democrats have a harder time when someone disagrees with them and some can get very angry and hurl personal insults or dismiss the dissenter from their group. They seem very much like the group in Mean Girls who treat others with disdain in order to prop themselves up. Maybe political unfriending is just another way to use mean-girl techniques to try to control others. It might be better if these women tried to move beyond high school.