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The young woman was visibly 51 and clearly wanted to get something off her chest.
"Whats up?" I 52 .
"Ive just been defriended," she said.
Now "defriended" is a word 53 I am not familiar. I have been befriended 54 - and befriended - many people since arriving in Beijing. But defriended?
It turns 55 this is a new word created by the Interact-savvy younger generation specifically in relation to the worldwide social networking phenomenon, Facebook.
Those who join can invite friends to become members of the site, 56 . They can then share photographs, "chat", swap messages and observations and perform a host of other mutually accessible applications.
Ive seen some peoples sites 57 hundreds of friends, all moments away down a fiber optic cable, providing they are logged on to their computers or hooked up to a high-spec cell phone.
It creates the possibility of "befriending" anyone in the world who has online access. Currently, Facebook has 150 million users. That means theres a lot of "friends" out there.
The 58 is that you can be "defriended" - you can be denied access to the Face, book site someone who had previously invited to be his or her friend. And you can do it without the potential for instant recrimination.
Where once, in the school playground on child might have petulantly shouted 59 another, "Im not going to be your fried any more" the same hurt and loss of face can be performed remotely with the chick of a button.
A 60 aspect of "defriending" is that, un like With other applications such as the "what are you thinking about?" posting a digital depository of the often dire, 61 , dull and desperate, no message is sent out alerting you or your contacts about the change m status. You only find out you have 62 when you try to visit a "friends" site, and you find you can no longer get in. the delay of the discovery is all too often doubly hurtful.
Just as bombs are dispatched impersonally 63 an unseen enemy in modem warfare, 64 relationships are blown out of the window with the same callous disregard, without the risk of any face-to-face comeback. One second you arc there, 65 you are deleted.
51. A.satisfied B.friendly C.moved D.upset
52. A.complained B.explained C.inquired D.argued
53. A.with which B.in which C.which D.that
54. A.on B.by C.with D.in
55. A.about B.out C.around D.in
56. A.too B.either C.yet D.neither
57. A.exaggerating B.overstating C.boasting D.showing off
58. A.benefit B.advantage C.downside D.merit
59. A.at B.in C.on D.forward
60. A.neutral B.controversial C.astonishing D.remarkable
61. A.exciting B.dreary C.cheerful D.bright
62. A.been dumped B.dumped C.being dumped D.dumping
63. A.forward B.for C.into D.against
64. A.and B.since C.so D.but
65. A.the next B.the first C.the first D.a next.