* Irresponsible to Facebook friend boss or employee - poll
* "Egotistical" to create profile for your pet
By Michelle Nichols
NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters Life!) - It is a common fear
among users of Facebook and other social media around the world
-- how to deal with a friend request from your boss or
A survey released on Thursday found that 56 percent of
Americans say it is irresponsible to be friends with a boss and
62 percent say it is wrong to be friends with an employee.
But 76 percent believe it is acceptable to be friends with
a workplace peer, according to the survey of 1,000 people by
Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project.
"When the roles change what do you do then? Do you unfriend
someone if they have now been promoted to be your boss or if
you're now their boss," said researcher Kelly Holland.
"We get into some really sticky situations there in terms
of what people will think is responsible," she said.
When using social media at work, 73 percent say it is not
appropriate to update your Facebook status, 82 percent say you
should not upload photos, 72 percent believe tweeting is wrong
and 79 percent say it is not acceptable to watch online
Yet 66 percent say it is fine to check your personal email
while at work.
"When people focus on responsibility, they know what the
responsible thing is to do but whether they are doing that in
practice or not is a different story," said Holland.
Americans are split on whether companies should review the
social media profiles of job candidates with 52 percent saying
it is appropriate and 48 percent saying it is unacceptable.
Social media can also lead to some difficult decisions when
it comes to family and relationships. Sixty percent of those
polled say that it is "completely acceptable" to unfriend an
ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend.
More than 40 percent of parents believe it is irresponsible
to post photos of children online. Thirty one percent monitor
their children's Facebook accounts and almost 70 percent are
friends with their children on Facebook or MySpace. But 72
percent limit the time their children spend on social media
More than 80 percent of parents say that teachers should
not interact with students online, but they are split when it
comes to whether social media should be used as evidence to
punish students' behavior.
"The social media arena is incredibly complex in terms of
responsibility," Holland said.
But despite the murkiness of social media responsibility,
there is one area that nearly three-quarters of Americans agree
on -- they think it is "egotistical and a waste of time" to
develop a Facebook page for a pet.
The poll was taken between Jan. 12-15.
(Editing by Patricia Reaney)