Most people accept the majority of Friend Requests they get on Facebook, which is fine if you don't care about random people knowing everything you do.
--But there are SOME Friend Requests you should think twice about. Here's a list from Gawker of four groups of people you might not want to be friends with on Facebook.
#1.) Your Coworkers. It depends on who it is. If it's your best friend at work, obviously it's fine. But if it's a Friend Request from the office GOSSIP, you might want to ignore it.
--If it's your BOSS, it gets tricky because you feel like you HAVE to accept it. But the best thing might be to just click the "Not Now" button and forget about it. And if your boss ever brings it up again, just play dumb.
--If you DO accept it, just make sure you exclude your boss from any posts you don't want him to see.
--Here's one way to do it: In the box where you post things, there's a drop-down menu that says "Friends". If you go to "Custom," it lets you hide the post from any friend, or a whole group of friends.
#2.) Your Parents. If it's a Friend Request from your mom or dad, Gawker says you HAVE to accept it. But the downside is always having to worry about what you post, AND what your friends post.
--For example, if your friend posts a crazy New Year's Eve picture where you're chugging champagne or smoking a cigarette, you might not want your parents to see it.
--And since families like to gossip, you have to think about the same thing with other family members too.
#3.) Your Kids. If they're under 18, you should definitely keep an eye on what they're doing, and who they're talking to online.
--And being friends with them on Facebook is one of the easiest ways to do that. But since they can exclude you from their posts, it's obviously not foolproof.
--Plus, the thing some parents forget about is that their kids see everything THEY post too. And you don't want your 15-year-old seeing pictures of YOU smoking or chugging champagne either.
#4.) Your Exes. It's usually a bad idea, no matter how long ago you broke up. If you JUST split up, being friends on Facebook makes it harder to move on. Plus, you probably won't want to see pictures of them having fun without you.
--But it's also not a good idea, even if you broke up years ago . . . because the NEXT person you date will almost definitely have a problem with it.