People Lacking Facebook Accounts Viewed As Suspicious
August 8, 2012 1:29 PM
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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?
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.
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.
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RE: I do have something to hide
8/10/2012 2:45:55 AM
For some of us, our careers entail the risk of entering a situation where any and all information procured on the individual can and will be underhandedly used against oneself. Military members, politicians, celebrities and corporate executives fall into this category.
For others, it becomes too tempting to carry on private disputes in a public arena.
For still others, the argument about "privacy settings" is hogwash, since FB's privacy settings are about as stable as an African Junta. There's a LOT of truth behind the joke that FB went public because even FB couldn't figure out FB's privacy settings. For these people, social-networking isn't an option unless a person feels they have complete control over their account settings.
My account was deactivated 2 years ago, and I haven't looked back. Unlike Apple, you can ween yourself off FB.
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