Student reactions to "friend" requests from unlikely sources
This study examined student reactions to Facebook “friend” requests from their professor, boss and mother. We found students were most likely to accept a “friend” request and to have positive reactions (amused, pleased, honored) to such requests from their boss or mother. The more positive the students’ opinion of the “friend” request source, the more likely they were to have positive reactions and the less likely they were to have negative reactions. Significant gender differences were also found. These findings and implications for management educators are discussed.