Networking vs Collecting
Anytime I question one of these "networkers" who send me these appalling random requests they either get aggressive or defensive. Yeah! That's just the kind of person I want to "network" with. Some get very pissed off when I ask what was the point in sending the random request: HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY RANDOM ADD ME REQUEST!!!!???? Others tell elaborate lies like; their computers did it while they stepped away.
Coming across a person's profile with over 2,000 friends/whatever doesn't say great networker to me: instead, it says great collector. Most likely that person actually knows and speaks to 5-10 people from that collector's list he/she so proudly has on display. I have this theory that people who collect friends usually have very low self-esteem or suffer from other insecurities. To those individuals; collecting "friends" doesn't help, you should seek professional counsel immediately.
Anyway, to all of you who are addicted to clicking that add me button you should think about the social event analogy above and then go outside and get some fresh air. Networking is so much more than just sending idiotic random add me requests with the hope of constantly increasing your "friend" count.