It’s Research Wednesday! Where I share the latest, or most fascinating, in the science of friendship.
“Research suggests that real world interactions drive online friendships. Meanwhile, sales-oriented and depressing comments help drive friend removals.” (“Friends & Frenemies: Why We Add and Remove Facebook Friends” ; NielsenWire 12/19/2011)
I wrote about a similar study last year, which looked at what drives us to defriend Facebook pals, but it seems researchers never tire of dissecting Facebook behavior. I find the gender differences listed below pretty interesting. Says the study: “More men add friends based on business networks or physical attractiveness and women are more likely to friend based on knowing someone in real life or remove them due to offensive comments.”
Check this out. I love a good infographic.
I’m pretty true to the statistics. I friend people because we’ve met in real life. And sometimes, when we have so many common friends that it feels like we know each other even when we’ve never met, I’ll friend that person too. I call those ladies my phantom friends. (You know who you are, Isabelle.)
Personally, I haven’t had to worry about defriending. If I can’t stand someone’s posts, I just hide them. And it’s not like I’m about to hit my friending limit, so I’ve avoided that conundrum entirely.
What do you make of this infographic? Surprising? Or not really? What makes you friend and unfriend?
MWF Seeking BFF was named one of Target’s “Emerging Author” selections! I’m quite thrilled, both because I’m a huge Target fan and because it’s quite an honor. Now that the holiday chaos has subsided, stop in your local store and pick up a copy. I’d be SO VERY grateful!