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Friday, November 2, 2012

People Without Facebook Accounts Are 'Suspicious

Things have changed. Now we all need is to be  able to respond to email immediately. And to tweet,share our photos on 
Facebook. We’re all addicted to technology now, to our iPhones, and Facebook, and Twitter, and Android, and Pinterest, and iPads, and Word with Friends, and <fill-in-the-blank-with-your-digital-dope-of-choice>

The sudden and dramatic rise of social-media-enabling technologies into our lives seems to be causing some mid-digital-life crisis. Not only has Silicon Valley developed a guilty conscience about addicting us to screens, we the users are starting to question how technology is changing us: making us fat, making us unhealthy, making us depressed, making us lonely, and making us waste time worrying about whether it’s making us fat, unhealthy, depressed, and/or lonely.

I am writing with some words of caution. I used to say that “if you’re not on Facebook, it’s possible you don’t actually exist.” I think it’s time to update that, courtesy of Slashdot: Facebook abstainers will be labeled suspicious.

Slashdot flagged a German news story in which an expert noted that mass murderers Anders Breivik and James Holmes both lacked much of a social media presence, leading to the conclusion, in Slashdot’s phrasing, that “not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.

Not just love seekers who worry about what the lack of a Facebook account means. 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?

But it does seem that increasingly, it’s expected that everyone is on Facebook in some capacity, and that a negative assumption is starting to arise about those who reject the Big Blue Giant’s siren call. Continuing to navigate life without having this digital form of identification may be like trying to get into a bar without a driver’s license.

So any of your friend doesn't have a Facebook Account?