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Psychol Rep. 2012 Aug;111(1):289-92.

Fictional privacy among Facebook users.

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  • Communication Department, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD 21157, USA. rlemieux@mcdaniel.edu

Abstract

The current study involved the creation of a fictional Facebook account with limited information and was designed to assess whether participants would accept the friendship of an ambiguous, unknown person. Results indicated that 325 Facebook members (72% of the sample) willingly accepted the friendship of the unknown individual. Results are discussed in relation to privacy concerns, norms of reciprocity, and allowing access to potentially embarrassing information and/or pictures.

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