The Ethics of Friending in Academia


In a column at The Chronicle of Higher Education,  David Perry discusses some of the complications for people in academic organizations using social media like Facebook. How should we engage with others on social media? Here are his suggestions:

[1] Be aware of workplace hierarchies and your position in them.
[2] You get to choose whether to “friend up” to people more powerful than you in the hierarchies.
[3] You do not get to choose whether to “friend down” to your subordinates. They get to make that choice.
[4] Either accept 100 percent of friend requests from subordinates or accept none. No middle ground.

Given that the academic workplace is, in important respects, not just your institution but also the profession at large, I am wondering whether people agree with these suggestions, or have in mind alterations or addendums to them.

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