Is not joining Facebook a sign you’re a psychopath? Some employers and psychologists say staying away from social media is ‘suspicious’

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:16:44 EST, 6  August 2012 | UPDATED:17:00 EST, 6 August 2012

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,  reports that human resources departments across the country are becoming more  wary of young job candidates who don’t use the site.

Normal: Facebook has become so pervasive in this culture  that not having a profile is considered ‘abnormal’

The common concern among bosses is that a  lack of Facebook could mean the applicant’s account could be so full of red  flags that it had to be deleted.  tech reporter Farhad Manjoo wrote in an advice column that young people  shouldn’t date anyone who isn’t on Facebook.

‘If you’re of a certain age and you meet  someone who you are about to go to bed with, and that person doesn’t have a  Facebook page, you may be getting a false name. It could be some kind of red  flag,’ he says.

Manjoo points out that these judgements don’t  apply to older people who were already productive adults before social media  became widespread.

The tech news site Slashdotsummed up  Der Taggspiegel’s story about social networking as ‘not having a Facebook  account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.’

Loner: James Holmes, the accused Colorado theater  shooter, does not appear to have friends and did not have a Facebook  page

It points out that Holmes, who is accused of  killing 12 people and an unborn child and wounding 58 others at a movie theater  in Aurora, Colorado, and Breivik, who murdered  77 people with a car bomb  and mass shooting, did not use Facebook and had small online footprints.

Breivik used MySpace and Holmes was  reportedly on the hookup site Adult Friend Finder.

Psychologist Christopher Moeller told the  magazine that using Facebook has become a sign of having a healthy social  network.

Psychologists have noted that Holmes, along  with several noted mass murderers, have lacked any real friends.

And this is what the argument boils down to:  It’s the suspicion that not being on Facebook, which has become so normal among  young adults, is a sign that you’re abnormal and dysfunctional, or even  dangerous, ways

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