Your Facebook Friends Aren't Real

According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, a British judge has “made official what many of us have long suspected – that being ‘Facebook friends’ with someone doesn’t necessarily make you their friend.” Apparently a woman accused her ex-boyfriend of harassing her by sending her a friend request on Facebook. I’m not quite sure how that qualifies as harassment. Apparently the judge agreed.

The boyfriend’s argument was that “the contact was highly innocuous because being ‘Facebook friends’ could not be defined as ‘friendship in the traditional sense'”. I currently have a ton of friend requests and most of them are not from actual friends. I frequently approve people as friends that I don’t know and don’t expect much out of that relationship. So if you are a friend collector and have added me as a friend, no worries, I’m not expecting anything from you 😉

Dr. Dick, a senior lecturer at the University of NSW (not sure where it is), said that “removing someone from your friend list is almost a declaration of war.” Just as I don’t count my eggs before they hatch, I don’t count my friends on Facebook but I’m sure there are people that do. As such, don’t be surprised if you get an angry stalker when they realize you are no longer their friend.

Do you usually connect with real friends or do you have fake friends on Facebook?