NCBI ROFL: 72% of Facebook users would rather have fake friends than no friends.

By ncbi rofl | October 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Fictional privacy among Facebook users.

“The current study involved the creation of a fictional Facebook account with limited information and was designed to assess whether participants would accept the friendship of an ambiguous, unknown person. Results indicated that 325 Facebook members (72% of the sample) willingly accepted the friendship of the unknown individual. Results are discussed in relation to privacy concerns, norms of reciprocity, and allowing access to potentially embarrassing information and/or pictures.”


Photo: flickr/Robert Nyman

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  • celiayao

    i don’t know, but fake friends creep me out
    i prefer real friends whom i can see and meet from time to time

  • musevine

    Isn’t it sad that the real meaning of friendship is reduced to number of likes, shares, comments..?

  • SorlSee

    Dude that jsut looks like its gonna be good. I like it

  • Swansea Till I Die!

    Stupid and irrelevant study.

    I, like a lot of people would accept a friend request (which has nothing to do with real friendship, a better term is contact request) initially from someone with limited information available for me to view. Mainly because that in itself may reveal more information that I can then use to decide if I do indeed know this person or not (I don’t remember the name of everyone I know from my childhood but haven’t seen in years, .the women mostly have different surnames as well).

    If I determine that I do not know a person then they get rejected.


    muy buen post



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