Not on Facebook? You may be a psychopath say employers, psychiatrists.
There are more than 955 million Facebook users, and it could hurt you to not be one of them.
The social media site has become such a pervasive force in modern society that increasing numbers of employers, and even some psychologists, believe people who aren't on social networking sites are 'suspicious.'
That’s because for today’s young generation, having Facebook is considered “normal,” while opting out is considered “abnormal”. Though these judgements don't apply to older people who were already productive adults before social media became widespread.
The common concern among bosses is that a lack of Facebook could mean the applicant's account could be so full of offensive material that it had to be deleted.
Similarly, psychologists see Facebook activity as a reflection of a healthy social life.
“The Internet has become a natural part of life,” said psychologist Christopher Moeller. “It’s possible that you get feelings of positive feedback through online friends.” [Translated from German]
In excess, Moeller says, Facebook interactions can reinforce feelings of social anxiety experienced offline.
As the German magazine, Der Taggspiegel, points out, both suspected Aurora theatre gunman James Holmes and the Norwegian massacre shooter Anders Behring Breivik share an absence from Facebook. The publication went as far as to say that Facebook abstainers have reason to be suspected mass murderers.
And this is what the argument boils down to: It's the suspicion that not being on Facebook, which has become so normal among young adults, is a sign that you're abnormal and dysfunctional, or even dangerous, ways.
Do you find it suspicious when you meet someone who’s not on Facebook? Do you think being active on Facebook reflects a healthy social life? Let us know in the comments.
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