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I am always intrigued by people on Facebook with hundreds of people listed as their “friends.”  Are all of these people really their friends?  Could they recognize all of these people on the street?  Does just knowing of someone mean that you can be friends?  Maybe I am thinking to hard about this.  I have had a few people that I know request to be my friend on Facebook but I really never thought of them as my friend.  Sometimes I have ignored these requests and other times I have felt pressure to accept the friend request because it was the right thing to do.  Right? 


Facebook is where I have information about myself online in a fun format.  It’s a way for my “real friends” to keep up with me and what I am doing.   I don’t really want some coworker or friend of a friend reading about me online.  My rule of thumb is if our conversations never go beyond casual hellos or menial office banter then “I DON’T WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEND ON FACEBOOK.”  Okay, maybe that was a little harsh.  And maybe I am taking the word friend too literally.


Currently I have about 30 or 40 friends on Facebook.  With the exception a few that have slipped through the cracks my friends are actually people that I have relevant conversations with and I actually care about them and what they are up to.  Am I less of a person because I don’t have hundreds of friends on Facebook?  My answer to that is no but I am sure there are others who would disagree.  Many users of Facebook want to friend any and everyone even if they vaguely know the person.  It is like it’s a race to see who can collect the most friends fastest. 


The Internet has changed everything about our lives including how we interact with others.    Now it is changing how we view our friends.