When Facebook first launched and opened up to college students throughout the country, you were considered cool if you had access to the social network. Now that it is free for anyone around the world to use, you might be considered suspicious or a sociopath if you don’t have a Facebook account.
A story by German magazine Der Tagesspiegel points out that accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik both lacked Facebook accounts. While it’s a major jump in logic, there could be some merit to the thought that those who aren’t on Facebook might be a bit off in some way.
Forbes noted that employers are wary of job applicants who don’t have a presence on the social network. Mashable claims that a recruiter could think that an applicant without a profile means there is something they’re trying to hide. Kashmir Hill, a Forbes writer, explains how not being on Facebook could raise a red flag:
The idea that a Facebook resister is a potential mass-murderer, flaky employee, and/or person who struggles with fidelity is obviously flawed. There are people who choose not to be Facebookers for myriad non-psychopathic reasons: because they find it too addictive, or because they hold their privacy dear, or because they don’t actually want to know what their old high school buddies are up to. My own boyfriend isn’t on Faceboo,k and I don’t hold it against him (too much).
But it does seem that increasingly, it’s expected that everyone is on Facebook in some capacity, and that a negative assumption is starting to arise about those who reject the “Big Blue Giant’s” siren call. Continuing to navigate life without having this digital form of identification may be like trying to get into a bar without a driver’s license.
Not having a Facebook profile could also hurt your dating game (granted, none of these sources account for Facebook users simply being private). Slate advice columnist Emily Yoffe wrote in March that people should be suspicious if they’re dating someone without a profile:
I’m fine with people not having a Facebook page if they don’t want one. However, I think you’re right. If you’re of a certain age and you meet someone who you are about to go to bed with, and that person doesn’t have a Facebook page, you may be getting a false name. It could be some kind of red flag. This also comes back to don’t sleep with the guy you met at the concert.
Readers: Are people who are not on Facebook suspicious, behind the times, or simply smart about their online footprints?
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