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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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Don't have one, don't need one....
By rdhood on 8/10/2012 1:33:09 PM , Rating: 3
Just having a facebook account... and associated friends... exposes you to guilt by association.

For example, researchers can already tell with about 95% accuracy if you are gay or straight by your facebook associations. I strongly suspect you can tell a lot more about people (if they might be criminals, risky behaviors, drugs, age/married status/children, musical tastes etc etc just by looking at your facebook associations. Someone who posts a status in the middle of a workday might be construed as having a poor work ethic. You get my drift. The conclusions that can be drawn can be wildly accurate... or wildly inaccurate. Example: what , he has no friends? or, look, his friends are all getting high tonight. Or... his friends are all bible thumping baptists/ metal heads/etc.

Whatever conclusion can be drawn, you have no control over it and it can be bad news. The only way to prevent it is to NOT have a facebook account.




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