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Not having a Facebook account makes it seem like you have something to hide

The decision to use Facebook or not has always seemed like a choice, but what if not having an account made you seem suspicious to the rest of the world?

A recent Forbes article pointed out that while most non-Facebook users stay away for reasons like internet addiction, privacy issues or just because they couldn't care less what people are eating every second of the day, others who are on the social network could view this absence as suspicious.

For instance, employers are looking to social networks more and more as a way of learning about current and potential employees. When a worker doesn't have a Facebook, some employers may think that this is a red flag, meaning the person could have deactivated it because they had something to hide.

The suspicion bleeds over to other sectors of our lives too, such as our love lives. The article mentioned that new love interests who don't have a Facebook could be hiding their true identity, or could be hiding another relationship that they don't want to make public.

The Forbes article also makes quite the leap to implicate the lack of a Facebook account with mass murderers by pointing out that Anders Breivik and James Holmes didn't have a social media presence at all.

While Facebook started out as just a fun way to connect with friends and family, it has become increasingly ubiquitous, making it a hard habit to quit. Now, it seems as if this is being taken a step further, where those on the outside could be shunned.

Source: Forbes

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facebook == crap
By chromal on 8/8/2012 1:48:30 PM , Rating: 2
Facebook can go stuff itself, and anyone who thinks it, or twitter, is worth paying attention to should get out of the shell and realize there is a wider Internet out there.

RE: facebook == crap
By aurareturn on 8/8/2012 1:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
I know social media is not a popular thing on advanced technology sites like Anandtech but there are people(like me) that use Twitter everyday and love it.

RE: facebook == crap
By MrBlastman on 8/8/2012 2:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry.

I mean, I found it fascinating the other day that the shower water was quite tepid to the touch yet was profoundly soothing once fully encapsulated by its palms. Strangely, for some reason, I felt no reason to share it with the world.

Perhaps I should of?

I'm glad I didn't... (oh wait, I already did!)

RE: facebook == crap
By DNAgent on 8/8/2012 3:11:32 PM , Rating: 3
Facebook can go stuff itself, and anyone who thinks it, or twitter, is worth paying attention to should get out of the shell and realize there is a real world out there.

There, fixed that for ya.

RE: facebook == crap
By chromal on 8/8/2012 5:12:05 PM , Rating: 2
That should probably go without saying. :)

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