If you happen to make friends with a stranger, be sure to find out if they have a Facebook account. If they don’t, then you better start running for the hills. That person might be a mass murder! At least that’s what employers and psychologists believe.
According to a Daily Mail article, employers and psychologists believe that people who are not on social networking sites are abnormal and “suspicious.” This generalization stems from the notion that social media has become an integral part of societal norms, and engaging in online social interaction means having healthy social lives in reality. Unless people are friending people they do not know, social media interaction is a spillover from real life, a way to continue communication with friends and family. Social networking has become so normal and so expected that anyone who does not have at least one account is viewed as strange.
I can see how not having a Facebook account could raise some red flags. Since social media has become so incredibly dominant, especially for the younger generations who are growing up in a time where they don’t know what life was like before virtual interactions and advanced technologies, it could be questionable as to why someone does not want to partake in the social revolution. If people don’t have Facebook accounts, are they hiding something?
According to the article, the answer is yes. Apparently “not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.” Now, I know plenty of people who keep their Facebook as clean and basic as possible with barely any personal information listed. I also know plenty of people who refrain from using any type of social media and I’m pretty sure they are not “mass murderers.” Some people simply prefer privacy.
Interestingly, the article mentions the fact that two mass murderers, Anders Behring Breivik and the recent Aurora theatre shooter James Holmes, did not have Facebook accounts nor did they have many friends in real life. But does that mean that other people who do not use Facebook are amongst the ranks of these two? Is this a rational generalization or just a frightening coincidence?