Is not joining Facebook a sign you’re a psychopath? Some employers and psychologists say it’s ‘suspicious’

By | August 9, 2012

Facebook 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.’

The German magazine Der Taggspiegel went so far as to point out that accused theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik have common ground in their lack of Facebook profiles.

On a more tangible level, reports that human resources departments across the country are becoming more wary of young job candidates who don’t use the site.

The common concern among bosses is that a lack of Facebook could mean the applicant’s account could be so full of red flags that it had to be deleted. Advice Columnist, Emily Yoffee, wrote in an advice column that young people shouldn’t date anyone who isn’t on Facebook.

‘If you’re of a certain age and you meet someone who you are about to go to bed with, and that person doesn’t have a Facebook page, you may be getting a false name. It could be some kind of red flag,’ he says.

Yoffee points out that these judgements don’t apply to older people who were already productive adults before social media became widespread.

The tech news site Slashdot summed up Der Taggspiegel’s story about social networking as ‘not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.’

It points out that Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and an unborn child and wounding 58 others at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and Breivik, who murdered  77 people with a car bomb and mass shooting, did not use Facebook and had small online footprints.

Breivik used MySpace and Holmes was reportedly on the hookup site Adult Friend Finder.

Psychologist Christopher Moeller told the magazine that using Facebook has become a sign of having a healthy social network.

Psychologists have noted that Holmes, along with several noted mass murderers, have lacked any real friends.

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. …

via Is not joining Facebook a sign you’re a psychopath? Some employers and psychologists say it’s ‘suspicious’ | Mail Online.

No mass murders post visit my blog daily, therefore, anyone who does not visit my blog daily is suspicious and is probably a cold blooded killer.

5 thoughts on “Is not joining Facebook a sign you’re a psychopath? Some employers and psychologists say it’s ‘suspicious’

  1. Fred Killer

    I have a confession to make; I’m a cold blooded killer.

    Thread killer, that is, since no bugger ever listens to a word I say. 😛

    Hence ‘Fred Killer’, incase you wondered.


    Anybody there?

    Oops, sounded like I meant “Any bodies there?”

    This could easily be misinterpreted by a government official, amateur psychologist or another form of Moron to be proof that I am a murderer, as could my nickname and the last four words after ‘that’, if taken way enough out of context by a well paid prosecutor.

    I think that there is definitely merit to the argument that indeed, anyone with ‘Super-genes’ is singled out for termination if they become a threat to the status-quo by vaccines for example, as eugenic weapons.

    A massive population will require a unified sense of purpose and self-responsibility to survive and if this isn’t achieved through education or religious fear of damnation, it will be imposed by force or reduction to more manageable numbers.

    I keep thinking of The Most Important Video You Will Ever See, featuring (Dr.)

    Tough decisions ahead!

    1. Fred Killer

      Oh yeah, it’s okay to be a mass murderer if you’re working for a government or NGO, think tank or other Supra-Governmental Body, as you’re doing God’s work or it’s for the greater good etc.

      There’s always a get out clause, while we go jail for minor mis-demeanours.

    2. Xeno Post author

      Since you enjoy writing, have you considered starting a blog? It’s easy. You could build your own empire of words.

      I’d like to link to more like-minded bloggers who are good at finding and delivering amazing news.

      Readers, leave a link in the comments to any site you find that is similar to mine. ( Warning: if you post a comment with more than one link it is automatically spam filtered by WordPress, so just one link per comment.)

  2. jim carlin

    and everyone knows that theparanoids are the only ones that know what is going on in the world
    and the lemings follow as their friends all jump over the cliff

    1. Xeno Post author

      Used to joke that I’m recreationally paranoid, because I enjoy considering a wide range of possibilities. That includes fringe ideas, both paranoia and pronoia. Did Dick Cheney orchestrate 9/11? Is cancer a protective response to toxins? Are photons time travelers?

      I respect a person who has more questions than answers.

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