Title: Friendship acceptance on Facebook: men prefer cold calls from attractive women while women favour unattractive friends

Authors: David Weibel; Bartholomäus Wissmath

Addresses: Department of Psychology, University of Bern, Fabrikstrasse 8, 3012 Bern, Switzerland; w hoch 2 GmbH, Kramgasse 5, 3011 Bern, Switzerland ' Department of Psychology, University of Bern, Fabrikstrasse 8, 3012 Bern, Switzerland; w hoch 2 GmbH, Kramgasse 5, 3011 Bern, Switzerland

Abstract: Our study broadens an experiment conducted by Wang et al. (2010). In their study, screenshots of fictitious Facebook profiles were presented to participants of a university class who were then asked whether they would be willing to accept a friendship. In contrast to the original study, we aimed to investigate actual behaviour of social media users instead of mere intentions. Therefore, we sent out actual friendship requests from male or female profile owners who were either attractive or unattractive. The requests were sent to a sample of 800 Facebook users. We could show that about 10% of these users responded to the cold calls. In line with Wang et al. (2010), male users accepted more invitations from attractive female profile owners. However, in contrast to Wang's findings, female users accepted invitations from unattractive profile owners rather than from attractive profile owners, regardless of the profile owners' gender.

Keywords: Facebook; internet dating; internet gender issues; social networking; attractiveness; cold calling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2018.094919

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2018 Vol.14 No.3, pp.249 - 256

Available online: 20 Sep 2018 *

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