Ten years on from the birth of social networking site Facebook, Dublin man James Duckham still hasn’t responded to his mother’s friend request.
“The request is still there every time I log in”, said the 31 year old IT Consultant. “Every time I go on Facebook I have to be careful not to accidentally click Accept. My Mam is a great woman altogether, but I just didn’t want her seeing my comings and goings online”.
James went on to describe how he had managed to dodge a friend request for the better part of a decade.
“At first, I just bluffed that I didn’t know how to accept Friend requests”, squirmed James. “That bought me about a year or so”
“Then I would pretend that her request didn’t show up on my feed because I was using a laptop and she was using a desktop, and that bought me another 18 months or so. And I just kept going like that; anytime I went around for dinner or at Christmas, I would just assure her that I would click accept as soon as I got the request, and try to get her to cancel it and re-send it”.
When asked how long he intended to keep this charade going, James was optimistic that his mother would eventually drop the issue.
“It’s only a matter of time before she stops trying”, he said with hope. “Either she forgets about sending the request, or takes the hint. I mean, she knows I work in IT for a living. There’s only so brain-dead at computers that I can pretend to be”.