I do a lot of social networking. Because of that, I do a lot of friend-request accepting. Generally I just glance at the person’s profile and think, “eh, no reason not to,” and accept it. There are situations in which I’ve declined – if I can tell you’re a spammy kind of person, if it’s obvious that you just want to have as many “friends” as Facebook will allow, if you have a fake gimmicky name.
I look for certain specific things, though, for no apparent reason. The first thing I always look at is religion. Obviously, since I’m an out and open atheist, I do a little mental high-five when I see that you are one too. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t add you if you aren’t one. I also look at political leanings. Again, whether you agree with me makes no difference. I’m also a picture snooper, and kind of really enjoy browsing the photo albums of people I have never met. It’s a thing. Whatever.
Do you have certain criteria for potential friends? Do you find that you’re more or less likely to accept a friend request from someone based on religion/politics? Do you high-five people with your mind? Do you prefer fist-bumps to high-fives?
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