Are you a potentially dangerous social misfit (aka not on Facebook)?

Do you have a Facebook account? Would you say that people without one are a bit weird? Would you go as far as to say they are suspicious?

A Slashdot article, referencing a German story on news site Der Tagesspiegel, suggests just this.

Entitled “Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious”, the Slashdot piece states “not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.”

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The German article points to an interesting link between the Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes and the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik: Neither, according to the article, are on Facebook.

Now it is very easy to correlate this fact with Holmes and Breivik’s infamous activities to conclude that those without a Facebook presence are dangerously unhinged. I mean, with a sample size of two, who could argue the validity of the result?

Is it not equally valid to point out that both Breivik and Holmes are male, white or under 35? Great, now we need to fear all white men under 35.

Forbes takes social stigma further by associating a person’s Facebook absence to finding a job or a date. Would you hire or go out with someone who didn’t seem to be on Facebook? Would his/her absence on the site put doubt in your mind?

While there is no law to say we all need to be on Facebook, societal norms do play a big part in whether or not we are good bets. Joining Facebook seems to be becoming an increasingly important factor.

So, for all of you out there who have so far resisted the temptation of keeping an online diary and handing over its contents to a private company, watch out. Your real-life friends and colleagues might start looking at you funny.

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