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To Friend or Not To Friend? How Facebook Can Make My Friend Request Decisions More Efficient

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Should I accept or reject this friendship gesture? Can Facebook assist users in making friend request decisions more efficient? Our study explores the psychological implications of Facebook users’ friend request negotiations based on interface cues. A 3x2x2 mixed design experiment (N=246) was conducted at a large east coast university campus. We hypothesized correlations between types of friend request information (i.e. number of friends, number of mutual friends and presence of mutual interest) and acceptance likelihood, with popularity and attractiveness, common ground, compatibility, and curiosity as mediators. Our findings indicate that number of friends and number of mutual friends are significant factors for acceptance likelihood, and that curiosity and common ground are mediators in the relationship between number of mutual friends and acceptance likelihood. The theoretical and practical implications of these relationships are discussed and recommendations for future research & Facebook design are offered.

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Khoo, Guan-Soon. "To Friend or Not To Friend? How Facebook Can Make My Friend Request Decisions More Efficient" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 21, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p402317_index.html>

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Khoo, G. , 2010-06-21 "To Friend or Not To Friend? How Facebook Can Make My Friend Request Decisions More Efficient" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p402317_index.html

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Abstract: Should I accept or reject this friendship gesture? Can Facebook assist users in making friend request decisions more efficient? Our study explores the psychological implications of Facebook users’ friend request negotiations based on interface cues. A 3x2x2 mixed design experiment (N=246) was conducted at a large east coast university campus. We hypothesized correlations between types of friend request information (i.e. number of friends, number of mutual friends and presence of mutual interest) and acceptance likelihood, with popularity and attractiveness, common ground, compatibility, and curiosity as mediators. Our findings indicate that number of friends and number of mutual friends are significant factors for acceptance likelihood, and that curiosity and common ground are mediators in the relationship between number of mutual friends and acceptance likelihood. The theoretical and practical implications of these relationships are discussed and recommendations for future research & Facebook design are offered.


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