How often you interact with new people on a daily basis will often times reflect itself on your Facebook profile. Are you struggling to decide if you should allow that new acquaintance to have access to your personal information? Don’t feel pressured to befriend everyone you meet. Online networking might be more enjoyable if you include only close friends and family.
Reasons to Accept the Friend Request
Lately you have been feeling a little out of the loop and your friends just haven’t been acting up to expectation. Sometimes you feel like they undervalue your time or maybe their life has taken them down a different path. Perhaps it’s that season for making new friends, and what better way to gather up some chums than through Facebook? The fact that someone you hardly know is interested in becoming your friend speaks loudly. If you have the time, give them a chance.
Reasons to Decline (or “ignore”) the Friend Request
You log onto your Facebook account, scroll to the bottom of your wall, and feel your eyes bulge slightly at a bleeping blue number to the left-hand side of the screen: 654 friends and counting. Sure it includes all of your aunts, uncles and adopted cousins, but maybe your social networking is getting more like social dementia. Unless you are equally interested in this new friend, it may be best do decline the friend request until a more tranquil period of your life.
The Unknown Friend Request
A strange phenomenon occurs on Facebook once in a while: you get a friend request from an absolute stranger. It wouldn’t be any different from meeting this person in real life, except that your shirt would need to list your marital status, religion, birthday, favorite past-times, and college.
The choice is yours entirely. Observe his or her profile to see if there are any mutual interests that could lead to friendship. Perhaps you could shoot a quick message inquiring the intent of the friend request, just to see what their grammar is like.
Uh Oh, it’s the Boss
Take a deep breath, it’s not the end of the world if your boss sends a friend request. Do a little research on this one before clicking, “okay.” Is there an unspoken initiation of networking with the boss, or does it seem exclusive? It could work out in your favor to buddy up to your manager – you might find common ground on which to strike up small talk. If you find yourself shaking your head at the friend request from your superior, then perhaps you aren’t comfortable with him knowing some aspects of your personality.