National Unfriend Day, which falls on Nov. 17 annually, was named so by television host Jimmy Kimmel in 2010. This day holds special significance in the digital age when most posts on social media attract unsolicited comments or opinions.

Many might think it is rude to remove people from their social media profiles, but there is no sense in hoarding friends who don’t add value to your lives.

Kimmel even had plan to decide who should be given the ax. During the launch of the initiative, the late-night talk show said, "Let's say, on Friday, post a status update that says, 'I'm moving this weekend and I need help.' The people that respond? Those are your friends. Everyone else isn't."

Here are some suggestions for the types of people who need to be unfriended:

The toxic old flame

If you have been meaning to pull the plug on your ex's toxic efforts to mentally harm you, this is the day to bid them goodbye forever. Take a deep breath and do what you have been dreading for long -- hit the "unfriend" button.

The people you have trouble remembering

Remember the guy who used to sit next to you in elementary school and with whom you haven’t spoken in about 20 years? He doesn’t really need to be on your social media. Furthermore, the profiles that require you to rack your brain to recall meeting their owner also should be gotten rid of.

The mushy couple

It’s fine to "unfriend" the new couple who post cringy PDA-packed pictures frequently.

How the "unfriending" activity benefits you?

The act of unfriending relieves a lot of mental stress. You will no longer receive notifications and mentions from the people you are regularly not in touch with. That way, the time you spend on social media will be reduced, enabling you to focus more on the real world.

With the National Unfriend Day already here, it’s time to cleanse our social media profiles to protect ourselves from a great deal of stress.

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