Signing into your account on the popular networking website, Facebook, to see a new friend request sitting there waiting for you is exciting. There is just something about a Facebook friend request that gets your adrenaline going. Who is sending you the friend request? Maybe a long lost friend or your favorite cousin. Or perhaps the friend request is from that creepy guy who keeps talking to you in English class or even worse, your mother!
Typically, no matter who the friend request is from clicking “accept” is your response. However, is accepting the friend request in your best interest? You don’t want to be mean and click “deny” but, sometimes, being mean is your best course of action. To figure out whether you should accept or deny your new Facebook friend request ask you the following questions.
How do I know this person?
You do know this person, right? Some people will send friend requests to somebody because the person looks hot in their Facebook profile picture. These are defiantly friend requests you will want to stay away from. Somebody who is sending a friend request just because your Facebook profile picture is hot is liable to quickly go from Facebook friend to Facebook stalker. On the other hand, friend requests from classmates and family members provide fewer problems. Make sure to think about how you know a person before accepting their friend request on Facebook.
What is your relationship with this person?
I mean, besides the “pending” friend request status in the cyber world. Are you actually friends with this person or at least related? Perhaps you use to work together or you had a class together. Keeping your actual relationship in mind is always a good idea before clicking the accept button. How well you know the person should indicate whether you click accept or deny. After all, you don’t want to accept the friend request of a college administrator and later get busted by that same administrator for underage drinking because you put some photographs up on Facebook. Getting caught that way is just embarrassing.
What is this person like?
If you don’t know where to begin with answering this question, chances are you shouldn’t be accepting your new friend request. Two items of interest to keep in mind are how talkative the person is and how much common sense the person has. Sure, posting something on Facebook is making whatever you are posting public knowledge, at least to all your Facebook friends. However, having a Facebook friend who tells everyone everything almost guarantees your Facebook postings will reach an additional demographic you didn’t even think about. Common sense is also a quality to look for in your Facebook friends because you want to make sure your Facebook friends don’t stupidly make a comment about one of your postings to somebody who doesn’t need to know about the posting.