According to a German magazine, Der Taggspiegel, the theater shooter in Colorado, James Holmes and the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, have common ground in their lack of Facebook profiles.
It's quite crazy to think that Facebook has become so popular and ingrained into society that even the HR department at Forbes.com has become wary of young candidates who don't have a profile on the site.
Would you trust someone, on a business or social level, who doesn't have a Facebook profile? Or are there other social media sites where you think it's strange if someone doesn't have an account?
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It's not the first time i've seen a story like this, I have to think that it's a little harsh, what about the millions out there that don't have a Facebook account or the psychopaths that do and use it maliciously? Prime example is Gemma Barker, the girl that pretended to be 3 different boys on Facebook and is now incarcerated.
Saying this, it is amazing how social media has become so rooted into our lives that you may not trust someone if they weren't easily accessible via social sites. I do think I would be wary of a business or business professional who I could not easily find online, be it social media or not. But on a social level I don't think it'd worry me if they didn't have an account.
The impact of social media means that everyone assumes that everyone is using it. Some people generally prefer to avoid using the internet on a social level for their own personal reasons.These days psychopaths can be found anywhere online and offline... old and young!
If i were to meet someone of around the same age as me on a social level and they did not have a Facebook account, I would question why. On a business level i would expect to see them online whether it be via social media or not.
To say you are a psychopath for not having a Facebook account in my opinion is a little drastic, as Jane said 'what about the the millions out there that don't have a Facebook account or the psychopaths that do?'
I'm sure Facebook is delighted with the viral advertising courtesy of Der Taggspiegel, and all the other outlets which have since picked it up.
It'll be particularly productive with the demographic who've successfully been sold the idea that a person's worth is entirely proportional to the number of 'friends' and 'followers' in their social media accounts. There's nothing quite like peer pressure.
It's also interesting that the message 'join Facebook or you're a sociopath' should appear so soon after Facebook's IPO and with their shares tumbling to 50% of their initial offering...
And if you were wondering, yes, I do fall into that rather large category Ms Yoffee identified in the Daily Mail's quote that "...these judgements don't apply to older people who were already productive adults before social media became widespread."