You Don't Have a Facebook?...You Must Be Crazy!


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While researching social media for another assignment, I found an article published in the Daily Mail that I found to be utterly ridiculous. According to the article, some psychologists are beginning to view the people who do not have a Facebook as "suspicious."

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Those who do not have Facebook accounts are being viewed as outsiders who do not fit into modern society. This conclusion is primarily drawn from the fact that Facebook is so ingrained into our society. Although many people are not frequent users and excluding the elderly, wide majorities of people has Facebook accounts and use them to interact with friends, family, and coworkers. These psychologists are viewing not having an account as being an act of defiance against societal standards.

The German magazine Der Taggspiegel even went as far to claim that not having a Facebook could be a sign that a person has psychopathic tendencies.  This even more outrageous deduction was developed from the observation that both the theater shooter James Holmes and the Norwegian mass murderer Andre Behring Breivick both lacked Facebook accounts.

Both the article in the Daily Mail and the magazine article cautioned the reader to look out for those who don't have Facebook accounts because they could very easily be dangerous.

I can't believe that this theory was published in not one but two publications. It is absolutely ridiculous. How can membership to a social network determine sanity? I know plenty of sane people who don't have a Facebook. Their lack of an account is not because they are insane, they just don't want one for a variety of good reasons. Additionally, a recent hostage crisis in Pittsburgh further discredits this theory. The gunman, Klein Thaxton, not only had a Facebook but also used his Facebook while he was involved in the hostage situation. He made several frantic Facebook posts that illustrated his broken mental state.  Although Thaxton did not follow through with his action and commit murder like Holmes and Breivick, he clearly had psychopathic tendencies that led him to take a hostage.

 I might be able to see how not having a Facebook may cause a person to seem anti-social to some people, but I can't see how not having a Facebook can indicate that a person is psychopathic. In my opinion the fact that the two serial killers did not have Facebook accounts and the example that I provided having an account was purely by chance. What do you guys think? 

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Pernsonally, I dont beleive that not have a social network website can causes serious problems. Sure one may feel as though they are being left out of the loop on many current events but there are other ways to be social such as watching the news reading the papaer or even talking face to face with people.I beilev people who do not have social networks are rebelling against the cultural norms.this is not a bad thing because alot of the norms force people into beleiving wrong conceptions about life. As far as the serial killers both not having any social networks is just a chance; my mom does not have a facebook page , is she going to be a serial killer soon too ?

Facebook is becoming a huge issue, quickly. I am a telecommunication major and most of my classes deal with this issue. I would not say that you would be suspicious, but with facial recognition becoming a current issue with facebook I can understand the "suspicious" theory. Facial recognition will soon be able to automatically tag someone in a picture. Therefore, what happens when a picture is taken, and the person in un-tagged and unrecognizable? Kind of scarey huh?

I agree completely with you about this article. It is absolutely outrageous to think that individuals who do not have Facebook accounts are out of their minds. Sure, practically everyone in todays day and age has a Facebook. Those who do not have Facebooks are usually older people or individuals who prefer to not get involved or distracted by social media sites. Although the I completely agree with your point, I can kind of see where the article is coming from. Why would a serial killer have a Facebook? The only thing that could do is let people know what kind of creepy stuff he or she is up to. For the case about these two killers, I do agree that it was a rare coincidence that they both happened to not have Facebooks. It could also be a possibility that people without Facebooks are anti-social and prefer their solitude, but at the same time, maybe people who do have Facebooks are anti-social because they spend too much time on it. It's basically an opinion on the matter because it would be hard to tell the facts of the matter. Overall, I would have to say that being Facebook-less does not make you a psycho.

From everything that I have learned, social networking causes more harm than good to teenagers in our society. I recently learned in one of my classes that teenage suicides due to social networking sites are on the rise due to cyber bullying. I feel that teenagers who do not have a Facebook are saving themselves from the harshness of others. Facebook can be, and I have no doubt, has been used to stalk and find victims in crimes by those who have serious psychiatric disorders. Having a Facebook allows people to have so much more access to others and information that they may not otherwise have. We are always told to watch out for who is on the internet because it may not be who we think. Rarely, if ever, are we told to watch out for those who are not on the internet.

I think you could argue that Facebook-less people are the most sane. They are the ones that theoretically don't concern themselves with so many little things, and therefore should be harder to push over the edge into an extreme action like a murder. Aren't we just getting away from the point of Facebook though? Wasn't the entire point just to make catching up with friends and family easy? I don't know who is more to blame from this point of view, the developers for putting the features in, or the consumers for using and asking for the sorts of features that allow for easy information access.

People who don't have a Facebook account might be seen as suspicious because they seem anti-social. With Facebook around, there is this need to know everything about a person with the click of a button (what they like, where they're from, what their major is, etc). When you can't readily have that knowledge, that person becomes more mysterious. Also with Facebook, we have the ability to post what we are thinking, what we find funny, interesting things that have happened. And again, with people who don't have a Facebook there isn't that direct channel to there mind.
With all the cyberbullying that is happening though (and so many people easily posting their opinions on controversial topics), could one say that Facebook is helping causing a bit of danger? Or making people more dangerous?

People who don't have a Facebook account might be seen as suspicious because they seem anti-social. With Facebook around, there is this need to know everything about a person with the click of a button (what they like, where they're from, what their major is, etc). When you can't readily have that knowledge, that person becomes more mysterious. Also with Facebook, we have the ability to post what we are thinking, what we find funny, interesting things that have happened. And again, with people who don't have a Facebook there isn't that direct channel to there mind.
With all the cyberbullying that is happening though (and so many people easily posting their opinions on controversial topics), could one say that Facebook is helping causing a bit of danger? Or making people more dangerous?

Personally, I often hold people in high regard that don't have a facebook. They understand how integrated into modern society social media is, yet they choose not to be apart of it. As mentioned above, I think some of these people should be praised. The value of face-to-face communication is no longer as important as it use to be.
However, the part that I disagree with is that all the non-facebook users have certain reasons as to why they don't have facebooks. Some of my two best friends from high school didn't have one, not because they felt adamantly about something, but simply because they liked being different. I firmly believe that many people don't have a facebook, strictly so they can say they don't have a facebook. Social Media is here to stay, and though I am not facebook's biggest fan, I think in the future even more people will have one.
Picture the few people you know that don't have a facebook. Do they not have one for certain reasons, or do they simply like saying that they don't have one and take value in being different than the "masses"?

I agree with a previous commenter that maybe people who don't have a Facebook are more sane than the rest of us. And I always think well of people who don't have one. I have thought about deleting my own Facebook recently, but ended up not deactivating my account because of how much it helps with group projects for classes.

I wonder how this study would apply to different types of social media. If someone doesn't have a facebook but has a twitter or a LinkedIn account, does that make them less suspicious?

I like the fact the Facebook is becoming mainly used for class groups and things of that nature. It shows that its growing to become something that is effectively used like how MySpace has become a way for bands to showcase their music. To answer the question though, I do believe in the general concept of the article but not the extremes. I don’t think people that don’t have a Facebook are dangerous but I do find most of them to be quite awkward. One of my roommates doesn’t have a Facebook and she is a vegetarian/environmentalist/hippy (not saying any of those things are bad) so I guess I get my bias from her. I don’t believe having a Facebook is a big deal and when I meet people that don’t have it I am very cautious around them. I don’t know why but I do feel like they either can’t adapt to what’s going on it the world or their weirdo’s. Social media may have its negative effects but it also has great benefits. The Arab Spring started with people talking on Twitter. It was the quickest and best way to communicate with a lot of people and get organized. As people we have to be able to adapt and learn how to use these new technologies effectively. Shutting yourself out because you don’t need Facebook to talk to people doesn’t always shine a bright light on you. I am seeing that most employers expect you to know how to use social media effectively, so it would be beneficial to at least learn how to use them if you don’t have any social media accounts.

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