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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 FITCamaro on 8/8/2012 3:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I use Facebook, but a prospective employer couldn't see anything if they wanted to on my facebook page.

Yes nothing is 100% secure. But that's why other than my name, I don't have personally identifiable info on facebook.

As far as not talking to acquaintances anymore, I just don't have them on my account anymore. I remove people I no longer speak to. I am "friends" with most coworkers on facebook, but once I leave this job, I'll be removing most of them. They already don't see the majority of my posts.

RE: I do have something to hide
By JediJeb on 8/8/2012 4:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
I have never bothered to even look at Facebook at all that I can think of. Maybe I am just a suspicious unsociable hermit :)

Agreed. I use Facebook, but a prospective employer couldn't see anything if they wanted to on my facebook page.

The problem there is some employers are wanting to be able to require to you give them your Facebook passwords as a term of employment so they can see those things that they would not normally be able to see. Congress was looking at a bill to block it but I haven't heard how that is progressing yet.

RE: I do have something to hide
By FITCamaro on 8/8/2012 6:25:18 PM , Rating: 3
I believe they have the right to request that. I just wouldn't work somewhere that did.

RE: I do have something to hide
By GotThumbs on 8/9/2012 12:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
How dumb can people be?

No employer has the right to demand your FB password or any other personal account password. They can ask, but you just have to decline.

Only a fool would give anyone their passwords.

Now, a company could ask if you have a FB account and ask that you bring it up for them to see. Their stated reason should be that they are concerned with posted items that could incorrectly reflect poorly on the company. That's a legitimate concern for any company these days. If you say you don't have an FB account...they could request that you sign a statement that you don't and that you will notify them if you ever do. If you lie to them and they find you do have a FB account...then that signed statement could be grounds for your termination. Thus, protecting the company.

Keep in mind....a company does not exists to please you. It's a business and you have a choice to work for/with them or not. Don't be stupid in thinking anything different.

Its not rocket science people.

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