We Finally Have the Legal Answer to Whether or Not Your Facebook Friends Are Your Real Friends
he amount of friends you have on Facebook is often a point of pride, so many of us try to get that number as high as possible. A friend of a friend? Friend request. That one guy you had a class with in college but never spoke to? Friend request. But more often than not, we couldn’t pick these “friends” out of a line-up.
So when a Judge in Florida discovered that a lawyer involved in a case she was trying was a friend of hers on Facebook, the issue of whether or not she needed to excuse herself was brought up. Was it deemed necessary? Or are these types of “friends” anything but in the eyes of the law? The answer may surprise you.
Our obsession with social media has become the norm, and it’s rare that we actually sit down and think about the effect it has on the real world.
We hit the “accept” button without hesitation— usually for someone that we have a vague recollection of meeting somewhere in the past.
It’s something we do without even thinking about it.
You meet someone in passing, add them on Facebook, and you get an inside view into their carefully curated “life” — doling out “likes” without forming any kind of a true connection.
In fact, some have stated that social media has a negative effect on our real social lives.
The concept that social media actually makes us less social is not a new theory, and it does seem to be rooted in truth.
It’s so much easier now to feel like you’re connecting with people without ever leaving home, and that makes actually going out to spend time with others feel less necessary.
When we do leave the house to socialize, we’re still glued to our smart devices; thus, shutting out the people we are supposedly interacting with.
A 2015 study found that, “76 percent of females check social media platforms at least 10 times when out with friends, compared with 54 percent of males”, according to CNN.
So when the question was brought up recently asking if Facebook friends are legally considered friends…
…the answer was a resounding “no”.