I am careful about who I let into my life, my Facebook, and anything that is personal to my immediate surroundings.
So I don't have the problem of friends or family biting my head off because we may have different beliefs in our politics, religion, ways to raise a child and more. I only have a few friends who have strong political views opposite of mine, but they are good people, and we know how to agree to disagree. I had one gf, I still dearly love, but she deleted me because of my Occupy posts, she said it made her sick that I was sucked into that thinking. Which really, I am sad for her to be the opposite. We are still friends in real life, it's just that she doesn't want it on FB, because she gets heated easy, and doesn't want to get heated at me, cause she does love me. But I know lots have that problem with their friends and family, especially when they are online friends.
You do know it can't get any easier than to hit that "Delete" button on an online friend/follower/family member.
They'll get over it, because your real life relationship is stronger than that, or they won't and you will be that much healthier and happier, in the drama free department.
I always tell people "you only live once", and it is YOUR life you need to make decisions for. YOUR life is not to please what other people think you should do.
So long as you live right by your God and just treat others as you wish to be treated, life can be a beautiful blessing.
xoxoxo Hug a stranger today xoxoxo
P.S. I have been on Facebook for about 3 years now and have only deleted, maybe 3 people. I only let the good ones in, so I don't have that problem. I have 100's of friend requests and family ones too. I just look over them and keep them there in that list. They don't go anywhere. And if anyone asked me why I haven't added them yet , I can either say sorry, been busy, I will try to remember to check with it later. Most will not ask a 2nd time, and if they do, be honest. But nicely.
For ex; I may be a strongly devoted to God kind of gal, and I have friends who happen to be Atheists who post Atheist news, articles and crack jokes at God. I would just say you are my friend, but I don't want to see those things. We can still message each other on Facebook, we just don't have to see each others walls.