Is Not Having a Facebook Account Cause for Suspicion?

Could people who avoid social media sites be raising red flags?

What do Batman theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik have in common? According to the German news magazine Der Tagesspiegel, both men lacked a Facebook account.

Slashdot’s summary of the German article: “Not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.”

Though not going so far as to label non-Facebook users sociopaths, Kashmir Hill of Forbes warned that those who avoid the social media site could be inviting additional scrutiny.

“Anecdotally, I’ve heard both job seekers and employers wonder aloud about what it means if a job candidate doesn’t have a Facebook account. Does it mean they deactivated it because it was full of red flags? Are they hiding something?” she wrote.

Hill speculated that getting through life without a Facebook account might soon become equivalent to “trying to get into a bar without a driver’s license.”

While the potential professional ramifications are one thing, non-Facebook users may also face issues in their personal lives as well.

A Slate Magazine article advises readers to be suspicious of any date who does not have a Facebook profile.

“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,” wrote Slate advice columnist Emily Yoffe.

The Daily Mail summarized the issue as follows: “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.” 

Is not having a Facebook account abnormal? Do you think it is fair that people should be judged professionally or personally for not participating in social media? Let us know in comments.

tom hildum August 07, 2012 at 10:15 PM
no, you can stick your facebook right up your twitter
Trecella Lavea-Williams August 08, 2012 at 12:37 AM
No its not abnormal to not have a facebook account! Im in my teen years and being on facebook brings nothing but drama, causes accidents on road, suicidals from being cyber bullied and much more. If anything, facebook is mostly used in negative ways and sometimes people like me who is not on facebook, want to remove ourselves from that.
Doug A. August 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM
This is so strangely evocative of Orwellian themes, it makes my blood boil. So, if someone who values their privacy, doesn't want a private company to own the likeness rights of all the photos that you take from your own camera, and doesn't want to have yet one more digital tether all of the sudden labels you as strange and dangerous? The synopsis of this article is far more dangerous in my opinion than someone who declines to submit to the facebook.
t. hosfer October 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Facebook (aka "wastebook") sucks. What makes it worse is that "wastebook" doesn't even have a telephone support number. I found one with a search but it turns out it was a generic support number for several companies - manned by a bunch of ragheads in bengalore india who I couldn't understand. Can't they hire street people in the U.S. to man these help desk locations. At least I can understand them! This Negative Experience has put a BITTER TASTE IN MY MOUTH about joining "wastebook" because I'm NOT about to change MY practices (my business email address that starts with "info" - one of several prefixes that dorkbook doesn't accept) for this weenie jew mark jerkoberg and his merry band of data mining thieves. Screw you all! I encourage everyone to find another resource that better meets your business needs. After thinking it over, I don't need a bunch of losers who I don't know (and could care less about) dropping out of the sky asking to be my friend. Ya wanna really be my friend? Send me twenty frigging dollars to my paypal account.
plur January 03, 2013 at 08:46 PM
This is just another way for society to make you into there little puppets. Fuck Facebook dare to be different PLUR


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