Skip to comments.Beware, Tech Abandoners - People Without Facebook Accounts Are 'Suspicious'
Posted on 08/07/2012 6:41:50 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
.... Things have changed. Now we all need to be able to respond to email immediately. And to tweet. And to instantly share our photos on Facebook. Were 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.
(snip) I am writing with some words of caution. I used to say that if youre not on Facebook, its possible you dont actually exist. I think its 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 Slashdots phrasing, that not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.
Thats a tad extreme, but Im seeing the suggestion more and more often that a missing Facebook account raises red flags. .....
Its not just love seekers who worry about what the lack of a Facebook account means. Anecdotally, Ive heard both job seekers and employers wonder aloud about what it means if a job candidate doesnt have a Facebook account. Does it mean they deactivated it because it was full of red flags? Are they hiding something?
You cant get away from it. Its everything. Its everywhere, she (Katherine Losse, the ex-Facebook employee) told the Washington Post. The moment were in now is about trying to deal with all this technology rather than rejecting it, because obviously we cant reject it entirely.
Well, you can, but it might lead to your being rejected down the line too.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...
....only to people with Facebook accounts.
Why help Big Sis keep track?
I expect to go to my grave under suspicion of being suspicious.
And those of us non-Facebook types who don’t twit are downright evil!
The Man Without a Facebook
I just like my privacy and don’t want every relative I haven’t seen for 30 years knowing what I’m doing.
Facebook is a HUGE security risk, and I’m not talking about ID theft or tracking whereabouts.
Foreign gov’ts can inject worms and use your system for their purposes, without any trace.
I tried to register on FB as “always right” (never mind, long story) years ago, but it wouldn’t let me. It said it was not a real name.
So I tried again as ‘Sir Napsalot’, but no dice. Sir is not a first name.
I don’t do Facebook but just started twitting....lol. Facebook gives me the creeps.
I have a fake facebook persona. It’s pretty detailed too. He went to a particular high school and graduated in a particular year in a state I’ve never been to, and he graducated from a particular college and works at a particular large company site several states away. He even comments about specifics of his home town and stuff in the town where he now works and lives.
I use it to post in the comments sections of news stories on the internet that let you log in with your facebook account.
Like I’m gonna use my real facebook account for that stuff. ;-)
LOL, thanks. I’ve never seen it before.
My daughter’s BF got his roommate assignment and looked up the guy on FB. 16 friends, mostly family.
I entered F. U. Obama. Got in, but never used it. This was via my neighbor’s I.P. (cracked their wifi). Wouldn’t want to use my own to do that.
I had a FB account for about 6 months...never used it and got such a creepy feeling about it that I finally just closed it and felt better right away.
I email..text some, but mostly when I want to communicate with others I do a couple of odd, eccentric and likely suspicious things- I call them up and SPEAK with them or arrange to meet them for coffee, lunch or some other type of actual face-to-face contact.
It’s amazing- real life.
People who “don’t exist” in the facebook or twitter realm also have email and mailboxes that actually have room for important correspondence because they are largely devoid of the senseless drivel of ads that “likes” and “dislikes” engender.
These “suspects” also have the peace of mind from knowing that photos of themselves and their loved ones aren’t being slavered over by some pervert or used for some nefarious purpose. They also know that every thief within driving distance of them doesn’t know where they are and what they’re doing.
As an older person, I have become fond of the ease with which I can aquire information and conduct business with the technology available to me. But the social media and the naive faith I see the younger generation place in the truth of what’s on it makes me cringe! The word “friend” means something much different and much less than it used to mean. I feel sorry for the ones who have to face the fact that virtual reality is quite different from the real one.
They must have changed. I registered with a totally fictitious name and drop email account. My Farcebook contains no personal info at all (except for the links via “likes”).
No facebook page here.
Never will be.
Nothing to see here.
That, with iPhones and Twitter and Pinterest and iPads only proves very many people have very little thought going on between their ears - usually, with few exceptions.
No smart phone either. I guess I’m destined to lurk in the shadows of social media... a faceless drifter on the web.
"400 billion tweets and not one useful bit of data was ever transmitted."
It means the job candidate won't be wasting company resources and time.
6 months? I closed mine after 2 weeks.
Prophetic words. You can add 'tattoos' to that "wish I hadn't" list.
All it means is that I was smart enough to use a fake name ;)
Our Muslim enemies in the ME use non-traceable, non-electronic communications. Smart, and worthy of emulation.
What is Facebook?
>> if youre not on Facebook, its possible you dont actually exist.
Please DO go on thinking that, y’all. I don’t WANT to exist out there in the “cloud”.
I was told this a couple of days ago by someone who knew about the internet, or its precursor, long before Al Gore invented it, and who has known more than one CIA director and SecDef.
Forbes can kiss my butt.
How am I going to survive not being a slave to social media, email and my cell phone?
Yawn, who give a shiite? My cellphone is rarely even on...............
Actually it's a sign that not all people are sheep who follow every silly trend that comes along like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
From what I see from my wife’s excessive activity, a spot where attention whores post endless photos of themselves along with infinite updates on their bowel movements, or something..........NO! Not hers, I rag on her for the idiotic content and time spent with that excrement...
I’m starting a social media site for plumbers, it’s called Assbook, there you’ll be able to recognize your favorite plumber.
Mark me suspicious and put a brand on my forehead if you must!!!
I went to school with 2 kids whose actual names were Merry Christmas and a guy named Happy New Year.
Not only am I not a twit, and don’t have a Farcebook page, I still carry an antique “flip phone” I got about 6 years ago. It needs charging a lot more often these days, but I just keep it plugged in when I drive and it stays charged. When the battery finally dies, I’ll search high and low (if I have to) for a replacement battery.
Watch out - - I am really ‘suspicious’.
I went to school with Adam Baum and Harley Davidson..........
And those of us non-Facebook types who dont twit are downright evil!
I do have a facebook account but to say that those who don’t are evil is ridiculous. I do know that the military is big on Facebook where they have information (administrative only) on different things. I think it is a good tool, but just a tool. You can still get the information from other sources. I don’t know if it will be a requirement to have Facebook someday to do banking or pay bills and other things but until then enjoy life without Facebook.
I am too old !!!!
HEY! That is a great idea. I have just left all of that info blank, and used a fake email address to register my facebook account.
Sayyyyyyyy...Aren't you the guy with the fake Hawaiian birth certificate and Connecticut SS#?
What does your son look like and in which of the 57 states do you reside?
HEY! That is a great idea. I have just left all of that info blank, and used a fake email address to register my facebook account. I was having a ball last week with the chick-fil-a stuff and “you didn’t build” that previously.