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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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RE: I do have something to hide
By retrospooty on 8/8/2012 2:08:04 PM , Rating: 5
"Also i simply do not care to talk to people i dont talk to anymore as there is a reason i dont talk to them anymore in that they are simply mere acquaintance and not someone i would consider friend worth."

Exactly... If you wanted to keep in touch, you would have.

I dont have it and never will. I am on linked in, any potential job I get could look there to see my history... Other than that, I dont care what anyone thinks.

RE: I do have something to hide
By xti on 8/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: I do have something to hide
By mindless1 on 8/10/2012 1:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
That may not work, with employers making requests for access to your private profile or further, some will still think a private profile is one trying to hide things from the general public.

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