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Are Non-Facebook Users ‘Suspicious’?

People who avoid social media sites could be raising red flags in their personal and professional lives.

What do Batman theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik have in common? According to the German news magazine Der Tagesspiegel, both men lacked a Facebook account.

Slashdot’s summary of the German article: “Not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.”

Though not going so far as to label non-Facebook users sociopaths, Kashmir Hill of Forbes warned that those who avoid the social media site could be inviting additional scrutiny.

“Anecdotally, I’ve heard both job seekers and employers wonder aloud about what it means if a job candidate doesn’t have a Facebook account. Does it mean they deactivated it because it was full of red flags? Are they hiding something?” she wrote.

Hill speculated that getting through life without a Facebook account might soon become equivalent to “trying to get into a bar without a driver’s license.”

While the potential professional ramifications are one thing, non-Facebook users may also face issues in their personal lives as well.

A Slate Magazine article advises readers to be suspicious of any date who does not have a Facebook profile.

“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,” wrote Slate advice columnist Emily Yoffe.

The Daily Mail summarized the issue as follows: “It's the suspicion that not being on Facebook, which has become so normal among young adults, is a sign that you're abnormal and dysfunctional, or even dangerous.” 

Is not having a Facebook account abnormal? Do you think it is fair that people should be judged professionally or personally for not participating in social media? Let us know in the comments.


Linda Martin August 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Surely this article is a joke! I know lots of folks who simply don't have time to bother with Facebook because they are out and about with friends or at work!
Sharon Swanepoel August 07, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I kind of agree Linda. I think society over analyses us and if we don't conform, we're considered different. I have a very best friend in South Africa who I would love to get on Facebook just so we could exchange photos. However, she maintains she doesn't have the time for it and I'm pretty sure she doesn't. I certainly don't think she's hiding anything.
twilliams August 07, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I agree, just because you don't wish to have a Facebook account does not give anyone the right to judge you for it. Isn't that prejudice? I use my time enjoying life with people around me other than an online realationships. Go outside, what are we teaching our kids? When we were little we played outside, every drive through your neighborhood and think, where are all the kids?? inside. If anything these computers are wrecking the basic fabric of life and enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors, life and happiness. So grab your kids and go hug a tree.
Ben August 08, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I do not have a facebook account, I cancelled it several years ago, what i saw in it was, I brushed my teeth this morning, I had Frosted Flakes for Breakfast, I feed the dog this morning, I am running late for work, I cannot find my car keys, Plus many more. We''ll she might be late, if she had stayed off Facebook, Conmitts like these, may drive somebody to shoot the computer.
Adam August 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I believe the article is talking about people of a certain age group, mainly 20-something year olds that grew up with social media. I am in college and it is very uncommon for somebody my age to not have a facebook. For older folks like our parents and people that have lives and jobs, I can understand why they may not want to bother with it, and that certainly wouldn't raise any red flags.

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