I have a strict policy of not accepting friend requests of people I have never met before. That includes friends of friends and family members. Everyone is related in the Philippines…that doesn’t mean we need to be friends in the virtual world. Even people I know who are family members–aunts, uncles, cousins–must we also be connected? I’ve never met you nor will I ever be close to you…so no, no, no!
Here’s where Dean and I see things differently. Several of his friends and relatives (some of whom I’ve never met before) are asking to be my friend. Dean sternly insisted, “If you don’t accept their friend requests, it’s going to be worse off for you.” Seriously? People I’ve never met before? Again, I don’t accept friend requests from some of my own family members!
One night after we had spent the evening hanging out with his friends, Dean said, “You should friend them on Facebook.” What?! NO!
I know I have a lot of friends. 1,000+ probably seems out of control. But considering I went to a tight-knit high school, was in a sorority, pretty much know everyone from my b-school, and I love to plan social events, it’s not at all improbable. That said, while there are some people who accept every Jo Shmo, I am not one of them.
I’ll wait until some time elapses before deleting them. Hopefully they’ll never know.