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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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By Hakuryu on 8/8/2012 2:29:24 PM , Rating: 5
I don't use FB and never will. Perhaps my friends and I are too old - we actually call each other and do things together, instead of spending time on a website to see what each of us are doing.

If I was hiring, I would favor people that don't use Facebook. With the stats about how many hours a day people spend on it, I'd worry about the employees managing their social life on FB instead of doing the work they were paid to do. Also, I'd find it a huge character flaw if you spent 4 hours a day on Facebook - I'd go so far as to call it an addiction and lump these people together with drug users (vastly different problems, but with similar real life results - ie the addiction ruling their actions).

By JediJeb on 8/8/2012 4:55:52 PM , Rating: 4
Not so sure the pool would be that slim, at least half of the people I work with have either never had Facebook or have stopped even checking their accounts. I think the estimates of how many Facebook accounts are actually fake is vastly under estimated. Non Facebook users are not the minority most people think they are.

By mindless1 on 8/10/2012 1:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on the age group... I'm guessing you're over 35 yo. We "senior citizens" found ways to enjoy life before facebook came along and don't need to fill such a void with it. Peer pressure is lower too.

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