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I'm currently looking for literature to form a theory. It's due in four days, and I'm lost. I can't find the combination of the need for social capital and the initiative to connect with strangers. It's so common and useful, though. You'd think it'd be easier.
Information on the subject from an interpretive view is scarce, one-dimensional, or judgemental, such as how social circles can be infiltrated (Potharaju et. al. 2010)(Shaer 2009), the reactions of confrontation in the process (Johnson 2008), and possible abuse of the services (Baughman 2010). This research can be utilized in understanding the evolution of Jeddah's online culture from being isolated in cyberspace to overflowing into real life. It can also act as a premise to exploring until now obscure procedures in starting romantic relationships in Jeddah or understanding why the society isolates itself from its objective identity.
The paper begins by giving the reader an idea of what people abroad think of the subject from a first-hand perspective through observations made on forums and secondary references. The terms requesters and the approached will be used to describe the two involved roles. The researcher's first-hand experience will also be presented at times, resulting in first-person reference. The analysis of the results will be described as reasons for shaping some of the surveys. How the surveys were seen by the participants will also be mentioned to bring light to the possible "skimming and visual scanning" that comes with the requester's strategy in finding potential friends. It concludes by presenting the average and negative case opinions from both roles.
Using grounded theory and snowball sampling, the methodology will rely on primary research in the form of surveys given at intervals: two for the approached and three for the approachers. The approachers' first dose will be open-ended to understand what they hope to gain from the relationships they start. The second will gather quantitative data of what the average criteria of choosing someone is, which includes how much information they would require to make the choice. The last will be formed towards the end of the data collection consisting of some anonymous opinions the approached have towards the requests and their feelings towards the topic based on having been asked questions and given different perspectives. The approached will have two intervals of questions, one gathering their opinions on the matter and the other gathering responses to the reason why some people approach strangers. Content analysis will take place throughout the investigation in order to create later surveys.
* The term used on Facebook to denote users included in one's social network.
Baughman, L. L. (2010). FRIEND REQUEST OR FOE? CONFIRMING THE MISUSE OF INTERNET AND SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PERPETRATORS. Widener Law Journal, 19(3), 933-966. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Declining a friend request from someone you don't know - The Debate Team - Page 2 - BabyCenter. (n.d.). BabyCenter - Community. Retrieved March 14, 2011, from http://community.babycenter.com/post/a22188795/declining_a_friend_request_from_someone_you_dont_know?cpg=2&csi=2134717328&pd=1
Johnson, D. (2008). Modal Expressions in Refusals of Friends' Interpersonal Requests: Politeness and Effectiveness. Communication Studies, 59(2), 148-163. doi:10.1080/10510970802062477
Potharaju, R., Carbunar, B., & Nita-Rotaru, C. (2010). iFriendU: leveraging 3-cliques to enhance infiltration attacks in online social networks. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer and communications security (CCS '10). ACM, New York, NY, USA. pp 723-725. doi:10.1145/1866307.1866410 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1866307.1866410
Shaer, M. (2009, January 8). FIENDISH FRIEND REQUESTS. Christian Science Monitor. pp. 13-16. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.