Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Does not being on Facebook make you a sociopath?


According to: An article by UK site DailyMail, some are saying that not being on Facebook makes you suspicious. 
'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, Forbes.com reports that human resources departments across the country are becoming more wary of young job candidates who don't use the site.'
Forbes posted a similar story.  For some reason some HR managers think that hiring employees who are addicted to Facebook will be a boon for the company.  Instead, I ask what will happen once these employees spend their time on Facebook instead of actually being productive?  To be honest, I found the Forbes article poorly written. The truth of the matter is that if a person does not want to be on Facebook or any other (a)social networking site, they should not feel the need to be compelled to.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to live a private life, or with not feeling the need to be 'connected' to an imaginary world (and most of what is on Facebook is 'imaginary' -- for example, most people see their lives in a different light than what truly exists). 

Will not being on Facebook hurt my chances of getting a job?
I think that, while there is some talk in the media of some companies thinking that someone is suspicious for not being on Facebook, the truth is, these companies are probably few and far between.  True, you may not get hired at Facebook if you don't have a Facebook account, and some other tech companies may wonder why you have not opted to be 'cool like everyone else'.  However, I have never been asked at a job interview about my presence on Facebook, and I imagine that once I started working for a company, I would have to do a lot more than merely not be on Facebook for the company to part with me.  Further, would I want to work somewhere where I was forced to be on Facebook?  No, I will never trade my beliefs or ideals for a job.  And that should say more about me as a person than not being hooked up to a site that will probably barely exist in ten years. 

News stories like the one above come up from time to time.  Facebook is a controversial issue to many, and one that people love to read about.  It is apparent that the world is obsessed and addicted with Facebook, as can be seen with the sheer amount of media coverage, news articles, books, and other resources devoted to it.  A huge segment of the population wants nothing to do with Facebook, and stories like these will only push people to join.  Well, I won't be one of the ones to join, and I hope that many of my readers can resist as well.

If you feel strongly on this issue, please share this site.  People should not be forced to join a website or do something that they are against.

19 comments:

  1. Whatever happened to BOUNDARIES? Enough of this intrusive, micromanaging current culture. First employers want passwords to your facebook account, and now they don't want to hire you if you DONT have an account? Sounds like a bunch of excuses to control the lives of employees outside of work. UNACCEPTABLE. We need to fight against this and refuse to work for these companies!

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    1. Urlgh! The whole thing makes me shudder. I am amazed by this idea of companies being suspicious if you don't have a Facebook account - do they ask you that question in an interview?
      I feel proud not to be sucked into the world of Facebook, having my every move broadcast, as if I am some celebrity, or as if anyone is really that interested.
      Companies need to get a grip. Sure, since the emergence of the internet, companies have been created by it and rely on it. Yet to become suspicious of someone without a Facebook page?
      Employers are aware that a great deal of Facebook accounts are fake, multiple accounts of one person and that of online predators right? I would be more suspicious of those types of characters!
      I know a lot of people on Facebook that don't want anything to do with their employers or colleagues connecting with them and I don't blame them. Too many people nowadays get sucked into work and allow themselves to work during their personal time. It really depresses me.

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  2. this is horrible? forcing us to have facebook may be priority in next few years? Please keep more blogs on this issue as this is serious for people simply NOT WANTING facebook. It wont stop me deleting it though and attempting to get graduate job :)

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  3. I don't see the big deal. There's nothing wrong with asking an employee to have a certain account. If a company wants a person to have a Facebook, then why shouldn't it?

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  4. If its a facebook job no problem but are you a sociopath if you don't have facebook? Surely not? Plus it doesn't make sense that facebook is at best useful for three things 1. Business advertisent 2. News/gossip from colleagues 3. Easy access to communicate apart from that facebook is highly debatable... some people who dont have facebook appear weird but most are actually highly independent, usually clever and even more social than the facebook ones...its up to choice.

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  5. News today. *rolls eyes*. Honestly, you are a sociopath because two sociopaths didn't have Facebook as a commonality? What a sick way to get people to buy into this Facebook groupthink. I am going to pass this blog entry around all over the place and maybe get the word out that this obsession with Facebook has to stop. I hope more people do the same.

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    1. One is a coincidence, two is a pattern, three is statistics!

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  6. Facebook is becoming passé. Facebook was first popular with the college-aged crowd, gradually crept up the age scale, then reversed to capture teens, then tweens, then younger. I have many friends (in their 30s and 40s) who do not have a Facebook account, and many more who, like me, were active on Facebook for a year or so, then let their accounts go dormant. Aside from a couple of writers I know, who keep up with their fan bases on Facebook, I know of very few people who are “active” on Facebook.. In five years, Facebook will be on its way out, and in ten, we will wonder what all of the fuss was about.

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  7. Ok now this is just ridiculous, suspicious people are out there regardless if they have Facebook or not. I left Facebook 2-3 years ago because I was so sick of the privacy issues and it was just the most distracting thing. It’s probably the smartest choice I made for my social life, the people I know and talk to are those that are genuinely my friends and have probably saved myself months and months of time to do other things. It’s a personal choice and I know when used well that Facebook has its pros – but in no way does it become a metric for suspicion.

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    1. +1 good words this article has probably been written by either someone with a IQ of 80 or It was written by a Facebook employee and the site was paid to put it up. More people more ad's more money for FB odds are up more Ad clicks... What scares me the most is that us guys that are Long term Computer Engineers literally laugh so hard that we have complete skits on Facebook. I have a FB page and I just use it for my research to see what types of nuts I run into and they are everywhere. Its all good fun for me when you look at things from the backside outward you know the truth and that's undeniable.

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  8. I really hope that facebook disappears in 5 years, all I hear is my friends saying im missing so much, i log on after a week detoxing witness all i missed is her pictures from loriel ... will delete by october but will be criticised :_(

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  9. Confessions of a (former) Facebook Resistor
    check this blog: http://nikkimo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/confessions-of-former-facebook-resistor.html

    im afraid no facebook likely means your certainly too secure therby possibly dangerous, loosen up to the 21st century share your life with friends. As this blog demonstrates quittin, deleting facebookis futile as it means your a show off most likely im afraid. I wouldn't want friends who couldnt speak to me on a FREE website, thats what friends are for

    Plus usually its a pschological concern of people without facebook because there ashamed of reactions of thier birthday :(

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  10. Sounds interesting but what about a basic test: http://www.adultsocialskills.com/facebookdepressing.htm

    here it actually shows why not being on facebook is for losers. Before facebook loners were on internet now that facebook is here they dont want to it as 1 no pics t show world of their greatness 2 too 'clever' for it which is actually a lack of adult social skills as the website illustrates:

    'Potential friends will use Facebook to investigate you and if it appears that you are a loner (because of lack of comments, pictures, etc.), they may lose interest in you for this reason.' 3. it proves that you wil have some kind of sociopath or weird or loner mentality thus do not wish to be exposed by the world and spared embarassement.

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    1. This is so dumb that you are part of the problem..

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    2. I remember when I was building the INternet infrastructure out before it was public at my University and we did just fine without FB hahahah and if it never came we would still be fine still. Your lack of knowledge of Sociology is stupidiness. I would bet right now on your FB page you have debates about presidential candidates don't ya? hahaha

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  11. Yes, a website which is telling facebook for how it is. I am disturbed as well as I have seen 16 year old girls tell my friend how depressed they are because of facebook, doesn't make them socio paths. All it is is how happy you are with or without facebook and there is nothing wrong with that. For people under 18 experiencing this now it will hurt them and that certainly isn't good when their minds arn't fully developed

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  12. Facebook is a pis ass poor way of communicating it has become the ad campaign the pop psychology guy that thinks his cute little remarks actually sway anyone with any knowledge of Psychology it has become a agenda for many to say the most non-sensible things in the world sometimes on purpose like me just to get a rise out of it.. I have studied social networks since the beginning the IRC I have a log that is around 1000 pages right now stored on a main frame I can honestly say that since FB is not real time it is just like posting on a blog nothing more its like a psychological attempt to make one feel important but do as I have. Just start adding friends in and watch people will respond and like the most retarded immature bullshit but if you post about something like a huge solar flare that just caused an outage of a Satellite they could care less.. FB is a joke so was Myspace the best way to meat people online is to share common interests but even then lets use the world of Music for example. So many people are so up their asses with their seemingly witty take two seconds to post that they think in their poor minds that they have somehow gained credibility.... It is quite funny to think that I can jump on the very first social system IRC and instantly find what or who I need to talk to about Music or computers in Real time but get on FB good luck you get a bunch of retailers trying to sell you products... I think the funniest thing of all is that some of these retailers rely on FB and then point you to Youtube as if that format will survive it will fail it has to.. Copyright infringement is so severe on Youtube its just a matter of time before they clamp down. I know to this day I check the presence of a website with a calendar for musicians if they have some piss ant website I laugh and think to myself hahah they are too dumb to make a website so they relay on FB and their limited friend list to sell themselves.. its beyond hilarious. The smart musicians do not post their original material or do youtube videos thats for kids not musicians... I was quite shocked recently to see that Neli Bush or whatever her name copied a Guthrie Govan song probably could not even play a 12 bar blues jam but was picked up to play on tour by Tony McAlpine well he is the smart one... Hell let her play my music she is good at copying things I wont have to pay her shit and then she will get exposure for doing noting then.. when she releases her instrumental CD that nobody cares about.. She will fade away.... Social Media is an experiment if you take it too serious... fear the wrath... WE have seen Myspace go down, Google + never caught on.. Napster was eliminated like a bug its just a matter of time self cleansing will occur they very ones thinking they are witty using these these crap social networks will be in for a surprise when their format is wiped... Or rules are put in place that make then unable to push their products... I love watching it all it makes me laugh.. Once I retire I will compile by then my 2000+ pages or notes and hilarious videos I have collected for the last 10 years and make some monies off the ignorant..

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  13. ACTUALLY, Sociopaths often use social networking sites as a means to hunt for sources of narcissistic supply (ie, to gain superficial popularity based only on posting, to have access to large numbers of casual sexual/romantic partners, to build new social circles when they've polluted previous ones, etc). Its not unusual for sociopaths to have multiple accounts on multiple social networks, facebook being primary in their arsenal of tools.

    The isolated antisocial people who end up serial killers, school shooters etc are hardly sociopaths, thats a totally different and highly contrasting mental state, as sociopaths (whom are also narcissists) depend on sources of superficial social interaction to feed their need to "win" and harvest narcissistic supply. Having superficial charm, makes social networks irresistible to actual sociopaths because it doesn't take much to construct an attractive, compelling mask in a fantasy world like facebook.

    Clearly these articles are full of mis-information bent and screwed in order to scare "normal" people into using the social networks for fear of being falsely labeled.

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  14. FACEbook is a CIA facial recognition database to download the facial features of the ignorants douchebags and narcissists who post their photos there. That way, when all the Police State cameras are in place, they will be identified and have ZERO privacy no matter where they go. The articles about "those without Facebook are likely to be sociopaths, etc." are put out by SOCIOPATHS who work for the powers that be (Luciferians). Fact is, the exact OPPOSITE is the case. Those few without FACEbook accounts (at least those smart enough not to post personal info and plaster their photos everywhere for all the sick internet psychos and Uncle Scam spy cameras) are in fact the SMART ones. Just more Illuminati propaganda where usually the exact opposite of what they regurgitate to you is in fact the truth. Same goes for Rothschild/Rockefeller controlled media vomit. Facebook is for douchebags and sociopaths.

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