We have reached the point where it seems everyone we know is on Facebook. Of course, not EVERYONE is on Facebook– as we all know a handful of people who still refuse to open an account.
But why…? Hmmmmm… A technophobe maybe? No time to spare? Or is it something a little more sinister? == insert creepy laugh and a bolt of lighting here ==
Sinister? Are you for real? What could possibly be sinister about NOT being on Facebook?
In the last few days there have been a number of articles from reputable news sources and blogs that are actually suggesting the lack of a Facebook account could be a dangerous warning sign! How can that be? Well the idea is that if you are not on Facebook then you are probably trying to hide something.
Here are a few examples of what is being said:
- James Holmes of the recent Auroro, CO massacre did not have a Facebook account.
- Anders Behring Breivik of the 2011 Norway massacre did not have a Facebook account.
- 90% of potential employers regularly check the Facebook pages of job applicants. Lack of a Facebook page is considered a negative sign.
- No Facebook page, or a Facebook page that lacks one’s relationship status, looks mighty suspicious to a potential date.
- Apparently psychiatrists now consider it ‘normal’ for young people to be on Facebook, and therefore ‘abnormal’ not to be.
Frankly, I’m not so sure that I agree with all of this. I know many people who are not on Facebook who are also are perfectly harmless and able to hold down a job. However, I can also understand that if you are trying to hide something from your past, or hide from someone, it would not be a good move to have a Facebook account.
I guess this is just another indication of how pervasive Facebook has become in our modern society.
What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject in the comments.
About the author: Scott Thomson made a profession of faith early in life. However it was during his late teenage years when he obeyed the call of the Lord Jesus to repent. Luke 5:32. In his service to the Lord Scott regularly preaches in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States. Scott also maintains his own blog Digital Sojourner where he regularly writes about technology and Christianity.