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Daily Mail: Only Psychos Avoid Facebook

August 8, 2012 by  

Daily Mail: Only Psychos Avoid Facebook
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Does avoiding Facebook make you a psychopath?

If you have avoided Facebook, there is a strong possibility that you are a psychopath.

This shocking allegation comes from the United Kingdom’s largest news source, Daily Mail. In an article, reporters for the newspaper point out the fact that both accused Aurora, Colo., mass murderer James Holmes and Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik lacked accounts on the social networking site.

Though the two were not on Facebook, Holmes was on an adult sex social network called Adult Friend Finder and Breivik had an account on Myspace. But, the Daily Mail article specifically refers to Facebook as being a necessary part of the daily lives of healthy modern people.

Its authors go on to note that human resources departments researching résumés of job applicants have become wary of individuals who do not have an account on the site, because the applicants could be socially inept or may have deleted their account because of too many red flags.

Also, the article notes that single people might need to avoid becoming romantically involved with individuals who are not on Facebook.

The article concludes: “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…”

What the Daily Mail does not point out, however, is that some people may decide to avoid Facebook as a simple matter of privacy.

Currently, the social networking company operates software that monitors chats and posts for indications of criminal activity among its users. When the scanning software flags a suspicious chat exchange, it notifies Facebook security employees, who can then determine if police should be notified. It is not clear whether the scanned chats are permanently logged by Facebook.

It is also known that Facebook has financial ties to technological investment firms linked with the Central Intelligence Agency and is frequently used as a source for government information snoops.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Harold Olsen

    The idiot who wrote that article in the Daily Mail is one ignorant SOB!

    • Dick

      yep, like them all. If you must read British national newspapers, read the Times, The Financial Times, The Independent or even The Guardian.

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Facebook IS FOR PEOPLE WHO LACK SELF-ESTEEM AND NEED OTHERS TO VALIDATE THEM. SOCIAL NETWORKS DESTROY “REAL-LIFE” SOCIAL SKILLS.

    • Karolyn

      You don’t know what you’re talking about. The people I know on Facebook all have healthy relationships, normal lives, jobs and many friends. For me it is a learning experience and a way to support causes I follow, as way as a way to keep in touch with what is going on with my family living far from me. It is also a great way to reconnect with people from the past. Plus it’s fun! :-)

      Of course, I do not agree with the stupid Daily Mail article. However, i do think that people who belittle FB just take themselves and their opinions too seriously and have very closed minds.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Karolyn,” POINT TAKEN. Facebook IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. I THINK IT IS SILLY.

      • Brad

        yep is a great place to communicate with friends and let them know when it is youtr last load of laundry for the day or the you were not regular this morning, I have heard it all there and choose to avoid such nonsense.

      • eddie47d

        There is a guy in Colorado Springs that robbed establishments and then bragged about it on Facebook.Someone turned this information over to the police and he was tracked down. People looking for notoriety will do just about anything for attention so it takes all kinds.

      • Karolyn

        Brad – The simple-minded may use FB and Twitter (which I do not like) for constant contact but not those of us who have lives and minds. Also, i would point out that it is mostly women who use FB (other than teens), and, of course, you would not know how women’s minds work.

      • duaner

        karolyn, you don’t know what you are talking about either. You accuse people who don’t like face book of having closed minds and have high opinions of themselves. I agree with Horton, people especially our young people, who rely on face book lack social skills to communicate with people face to face. I have a lot of friends who are addicted to the crap on face book and some are becoming reclusive. I think face book is for morons like your self who cannot function in the real world.

      • Karolyn

        duaner – hahahahahahahahahahaha! If you only knew…. People like you take yourseves too seriously. Of course, people are people, and there are those who overuse and abuse anything. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! Once again, painting everyone with the same broad brush as so often happens here.

      • Sirian

        Karolyn,
        This problem goes further than merely FB. As example, my cousins’ husband is an engineer and has told me of the problems they have been having, suffering through actually, with new, fresh out of college, engineers that are so tied to their cell phones “texting” that there is a true “communications” problem within the company. He said that he has had to go through many one on one sessions with most of them simply to get them to talk, make phone calls, whatever it may take to solve an engineering problem, not text everything. So, if this exists within the field of engineering who’s to say that it doesn’t exist elsewhere? FB, just as much as texting, opens a door to more of a problem than it may initially appear. It all depends upon how closely attached, better yet – blatantly addicted, young kids have become to their new hi-tech toys. Is the new technologies helpful, basically? Yes, they are. But as so many other things, if you allow yourself to use it to much IT will be in control of you, not the other way around. Would you not agree? The same applies to video games, does it not? Are there who knows how many people that are so addicted to their X-Box that they spend hours upon hours each day struggling minute by minute to “win the game”. Enjoy FB but at least be aware of to what extent you should ever allow IT to control you more than you may realize.

      • Karolyn

        Totally agree, Sirian.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Sirian,”

        I LIKE YOUR COMMENTS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TWO SENTENCES, “Is the new technologies helpful, basically? Yes they are.” I STRONGLY DISAGREE. ELECTRONIC “GADGETS” HAVE MADE US LAZY. AS HUMAN BEINGS, WE ARE NO LONGER SELF-SUFFICIENT WITH QUALITY MINDS WHICH FORM INDEPENDENT IDEAS.

      • Sirian

        CAH,
        Yes, I understand your disagreement but hasn’t the level of technology that we have reached also enabled us to accomplish more, more quickly, more efficiently? Is not the landing of CURIOSITY on Mars a prime example of this? You talk about “threading a needle”. Even more so, isn’t what we’re doing right here also an example that you yourself are very much involved with? I both see and understand what you’re saying and insofar as hi-tech “has made us lazy” yes, in many ways that’s true. Yet isn’t that also what I was saying, “you should (never/ever) allow IT to control you more than you may realize.” Again, it is not wise to allow the technology to ultimately be the controller, not the controllee. The example I set forth fits into what you’re saying though. The young engineers were to lazy to simply talk with someone to work out a problem. Instead, they had to “text”. As long as there is a continuous sheer fascination with each new cell phone or computer or video game that comes out on a regular basis we will have this problem and it will grow and grow and grow. If we ever get hit with an EMP attack many people of all age groups will go totally bonkers – no power, no cells, no computers, no X-Boxes etc. And as you’ve said – “quality minds which form independent ideas” will unfortunately become a rarity, literally. We’ll recover, in time, but it won’t be overnight!

      • ChristyK

        I am torn with regards to facebook. I am careful about what I post on facebook because I understand that even with tight security settings, it isn’t secure. On the otherhand, I have made multiple political friends through facebook that have become face-to-face friends. Also, I have friends all over the world. Most of them, I would never be able to keep in touch with. Phone calls to someone 6-12 hours away doesn’t work very well. When the earthquake happened in Chile several years ago, we had numerous friends in the area. We were able to find out that they were all OK. One friend’s parents lost their house, so we were able to coordinate getting funds and supplies to help them out. This would’ve been nearly impossible to coordinate without facebook. I also have family all over the country. It is much easier to post some family picture or funny child comment on facebook and everyone quickly knows what is going on. My cousin was pregnant with twins and having complications. She put daily situation briefings on facebook which was much easier than emailing each friend daily because we all wanted to keep up with the status.It can be a useful tool if you understand the limitations, security issues, and are careful to not let it take over your life.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Sirian,”

        AS AN ATHEIST, I DO NOT SUPPORT SPACE EXPLORATION. I CONSIDER ASTROPHYSICS TO BE SCIENCE FICTION. I LIVE ON EARTH. I HAVE NO NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF MARS AND OTHER PLANETS.

      • Carol J

        I have friends who use facebook. 2 that I know of have had their info distributed to who knows what agencies. I refuse to compromise my computer and my personal info by joining ANY social network. I’ve sure cleaned up my email by unsubcribing from all newsletters that REQUIRE me to join them on facebook. I have NOT nor will I RISK what I have as little as it is.

    • E. Blake

      FB is a great place to go if you want the gov to know everything there is to know about you.
      I don’t use FB, I like my privacy, and if I want to share my life with friends and family, I can send email, text, or call them, and have a conversation, I know that is so old fashion, but it is very up lifting to hear an actual voice…

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “E. Blake,” THANK YOU! TO HEAR AN ACTUAL VOICE IS EXTREMELY COMFORTING.

    • 45caliber

      CHRISTOPHER:

      I think many people (especially youth) consideer FB as their way to be a “star”. That’s why so many post pictures in the nude or whatever. They want everyone to see and admire them the way they see and admire all the movie stars. I’m not a star and neither are they. I don’t even watch the real “stars”. There isn’t any of them I’d recognize on the street and I don’t care.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “45caliber,”

        SINCE YOU DO NOT HAVE AN AVITAR, I WILL SAY THIS TO YOU. AVITARS ARE LIKE Facebook. MANY PEOPLE ON THIS SITE HAVE AVITARS; WHY? WE ARE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE IN “CYBERSPACE.” WHY DO SOME NEED AN AUTOMATIC REPRESENTATION OF THEMSELVES IN ONLINE DISCUSSIONS?

        I AM AN OLD-FASHION PERSON WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIALIZING. A BIG “PET-PEEVE” FOR ME ON THIS SITE [AND, OTHERS] IS THE INABILITY TO DETERMINE A COMMENTER’S GENDER BASED ON THE MONIKER. I RECENTLY HAD A DISCUSSION WITH ANOTHER Personal Libertarian I THOUGHT WAS MALE; THIS PERSON IS FEMALE. IF I HAD KNOWN THIS PERSON’S GENDER, I COULD HAVE MADE MORE ACCURATE COMMENTS.

    • Maureen Pithart

      wow are you ever right. I hear they are are calling it FAKEBOOK these days!

    • my 2¢ worth

      This may be true Chris.. After all, where can you go to find 916 friends? But the most important question is, why would you care to have electronic buddies?

      • teaparty13

        most likely to get a flash mob to a local store to help steal items they don’t feel they have to pay for..

  • Congress Works For Us

    Meh. I just like my privacy. Call me old fashioned :)

  • dan

    yeah,bur i’m more than just a LITTLE BIT crazy….and so far my paranoia has been
    completely justified :)

    • TIME

      Dear Dan,

      FB is not made for what you think it is, think “COVERT” methods of garnering Intel on you. Most people are so bloody mindless thay will put intel about themself on line that can be used to incriminate them when the TIME comes.
      Just as you never volunteer intel with any form of Police on anything, you should never freely give out any intel on your home, travels, and or business issues family matters etc..

      As it is your intel is sold by FB to many business who will then
      start working on selling you stuff, not unlike if you have cable TV.
      Or worse!

      Yea them piles of crap you get in the Post – you know all them adverts etc. where did you think they come from?
      Thats right the cable co. or your phone co. sold your watch list’s sights visited etc., if they didn’t rape you already on the cost of a faulty worthless product – as it is, { this adds insult to injury.}

      I have said this before and I will keep on saying it;
      “NOTHING is what it SEEMS to be!” “DIVIDE and CONQUER!”

      In case most of you still don’t get it, “YOU LIVE in a POLICE state.”
      They just have a {nice soft fuzzy warm glove} on for now.
      When they take it off is when you better be wide awake.

      Peace and Love

      • Karolyn

        TIME – I prefer to keep it simple. Facebook is just a social site. I don’t doubt some of what you say. Of course, the internet is a veritable treasure chest of info on people. I prefer to not live in fear; however, I am not one of those people who posts everything I do online. I am a much more knowledgeable person due to the internet in general, and FB can be a comfort, especially to those who are homebound and those with limited mobility. It has also resulted in reconnections, marriages, new friendships and just info sharing. FB was not created for info gathering.

      • TIME

        Dear Karolyn,

        To keep it really very simple here you go.

        You may choose to think as you will, you may also choose to do as you will. {Thats God’s gift to all of us,} its called “FREE WILL.”

        I live not in FEAR, As I FEAR nothing, I know who the enemy is, as well I also understand why the motives used to make the week of mind and heart follow with out question, *thus I have NO FEAR.

        As well why the week will pay for their own demise in hopes that by some form of twisted GRACE they will not be victims of their blind ignorance. I stand alone without FEAR.

        Yet the Fate of ones SOUL is not unlike a stone cast to skip on the water. If its weight is to great it will sink at once.
        But if its light enough – it can cross the void with out sinking.

        When ones cup is empty one can also have a weightless about them yet still be filled with “Great Wisdon” thats remains unscathed by overt or covert corruption. My Treasures are within my being.

        One can do as they so please – but in the end the results of ones indulgences has a weight of its own, measured not by man, but by the most high POWER.

        Nothing is what it seems, nor is a false relity – real.

        Fear is only for the Guilty.

        Peace and Love

      • 45caliber

        Time:

        Only the guilty fear. I fully agree. I’m not guilty of anything and I fear nothing – despite the fact that the government and MSM wants us to fear.

        Karolyn:

        The internet is a “treasure trove of info on people”? I’m glad you think so and like it. Frankly, I have no interest in “info on people”. Most are too boreing for words to discribe. I don’t care to be bored and I don’t care to bore others about myself. I’ll spend the time on something else I do like.

      • JeffH

        TIME, excellant! :)

        I opened a FB account a few years or ago to get in contact with a few family members that I had lost touch with. I’ve sinced blocked my account, got tired of FB email alerts and every “Tom. Dick & Harry” came out of the wordwork wanting to “friend” me. Between that and the fact that I don’t need to know who’s going shopping and when, what someone had for lunch or dinner or what someone’s children did or did not do that day. I don’t care what other’s like to “gossip” about but if that’s what they want to do…it’s a free country…I just ain’t one to participate, it ain’t my cup of tea!

      • TIME

        Dear 45 & Jeff,

        We are coming to a point in TIME when things are going to decay at a break neck speed. Both of you understand what I mean; of that I am quite sure.

        We have Treasure that can’t be taken away by any man. We must hold strong to what we not only Love but believe from all the very clear Evidence that is displayed daily before our very eyes, shoved in our ears – cramed down our throats by Criminals with nothing but EVIL INTENT.

        We who have been blessed by the LIGHT of our maker, FEAR not what is coming, we know where our true home is within the house of our Benevolent Loving God.

        God bless you and your familys. Saddly Our work is not over yet, we have many a mile before we can rest.
        Peace be with you and Love always in your Soul.

        Peace and Love

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Karolyn,”

        I DISAGREE. I RECENTLY WATCHED A SHOW ON FORENSIC SCIENCE TELEVISION. POLICE WERE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT; INFORMATION ON Facebook HELPED THEM TO FIND HIM.

      • star white

        How does the phone co. get your watch list? Does this only work if your cable is connected to the phone line?

      • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

        I signed up for FB not so I could have a lot of ‘friends’, but because I wanted to have a record of my’comments’ to sites like this – essentially Christian and conservative. I don’t have any ‘friends’ on FB except for one – I’m not sure how I got that one – and I don’t interact with them. I admit I’m ‘ technologically challenged’, and just haven’t bothered trying to get rid of this ‘friend’, or really know how to use FB. I want FB and ‘the government’ to know how much and why I am so against their evil regime, kind of like throwing it in their face. I’m not afraid and I’m armed. I won’t live in fear of what I’m pretty certain is going to happen anyway – and I’ve been flagged long before FB came into being.
        Technology has been sold to us as for our benefit – this is the big lie! I remember life even before answering machines for the telephone and how much different it was. We have been drastically socially engineered by technology, among other things – I’m no Luddite – but thecnology is NOT our friend. Believe it or not writing this comment on a computer through the internet is not a contradiction to the last statement.
        Between the public library system and the internet, this is our only access to info that is not part of the lies of the status quo being shoved down our throats by the evil swine who run things on this planet. There is an exception to every rule.
        Am I a psycopath, as the Daily Mail would have me think? I’m also white, male, Christian, heterosexual, protest against abortion, believe in the US Constitution, hunt and eat meat and like I said, own guns.That makes me an enemy of the state! Am I likely to go on a killing spree because of that – not likely. I couldn’t afford the ammunition and besides I don’t get out much. I live in the middle of nowhere and avoid urban areas and the people who populate them and can’t afford the gas to get there.
        I know about this ‘warm and fuzzy’ seeming, police state we live in and have been wide awake for a long time. I just refuse to be afraid and hide, I would rather stand up and say what I think – I am still capable of thought – than cower in the illusion of autonomy and safety.

  • Barbara

    I have enough demands on my time from people I KNOW. I wish I could find a way to get rid of E-mail. I use it to communicate with family and friends (real ones) and take care of personal business. Unfortunately, just having an account seems to draw all kinds of nuisances. Of the 100 or so I get every day, I read perhaps 10 or 12. The rest are deleted without opening. They are usually junk mail, the kind that goes from the mailbox to the circular file. Some are cons and some are attacks. And I’m a psychopath because I don’t want to open myself to MORE of this? No thanks.

    • David169

      I agree with you, I once replied to an advertisement that would give me 5 insurance quotes in the next 10 minutes. Within 2 weeks I had 200 spam emails every day. I has taken me two years to get back to almost being spam free. I would never use anything that would open me to another deluge of crap from people and companies that I have never heard of and don’t want to hear from. The hours of productive work I lost daily clearing out and emailing people to take me off their lists could have been better used for things I wanted to do.

      • Karolyn

        You can change your email address at any time.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Karolyn,”

        IF YOU LIKE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS YOU DO NOT WANT TO CHANGE IT.

        A BIG “PET-PEEVE” OF MINE IS DEALING WITH COMPANIES WHICH REQUIRE YOUR “User ID” AND “Password” TO CONTAIN BOTH LETTERS AND NUMBERS. I RECENTLY HAD TO SET-UP A NEW “User ID” AND “Password” IN ORDER TO PAY MY UTILITY BILL ONLINE. WHAT A HASSLE! I HAD TO WRITE THIS NEW INFORMATION DOWN SO I WOULD NOT FORGET IT.

  • Bev

    None of my family is on FB for a very good reason – We like our privacy. My husband and I also have dumb phones because we don’t want people tracking us. All that texting and sending emails via phone is very insecure. You’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t have their wireless networks locked down. Call me old fashioned, call me paranoid, call me what you will, but my business is not everyone else’s business and vice versa.

    • don

      i agree. i have no t ever used facebook and have no desire to. i also have no cellphone. it would probly be like having everyone following you everywhere. don’t want that. i use a computer but i watch what i do very carefully. i got bit once and really watch out. i do not look at anything that sounds too good to be true or sounds suspicious. i kinda believe face book would open vulnerbility to many problems.seem everything has a way to be gotten around and a lot of people pay the price.

      • Karolyn

        don – I went back to school at 62, and it boggles my mind how these kids constantly text in class or can’t wait to get ou of class to check their phones. The need for constant comuncation is ridiculous. I use my cellphone for emergencies and also to use outside the house because my local phone co. charges too much for long distance calls.

      • 45caliber

        don:

        I agree. In fact, I tend to disconnect my computer from the phone system unless I am on internet at the time. The government, at least, can tap in and see what is on it – and they do every day. I know what you mean about not believing what you see on it either. My son used to call me frequently about offeres “too good to be true”. They were. I could usually find something in it that made it a problem or a trap. When he checked, he would find out I was usually right. So he just deletes them now as I do. I told a cell phone salesman once that “they got me at work and they got me at home. I’d be darned if I gave them the chance half way between.” A phone is for MY convenience, not those who want to call me.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “Karolyn,”

        NO OFFENSE, MA’AM – YOU ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE COMMENTERS ON THIS SITE. BASED ON YOUR COMMENTS, I THOUGHT YOU ARE MY AGE [45], OR, YOUNGER.

  • Tom Cook

    You know I tried facelessbook and found it to be a totally banal endeavor. I got tired of seeing stupid baby pictures of everyone’s supremely adorable little one who they are certain is adored worldwide. One person alerted everyone each and every time she took a nap or had a bowel movement. There was never any intelligent or interesting interaction and eveyone seemed to be determined that all discussion had to be “nice” which liberals interpret to be meaningless for their cerebral function never surpasses a fourth grade level. I firmly believe falessbook as a passing fad.

    • Karolyn

      So only liberals use FB? That is laughable. It is used for business growth too.. Any business that does not have a FB presence is missing out on great exposure. Only more sensitive, open minded men are interested in FB (other than kids and stalkers – of whom I have had no problem with).

  • JDN

    The Daily Mail must have bought a bunch of that facebook stock .

  • Rennie

    Whether or not one is on facebook it shows you are somewhat capable of independent thought and rationality oif you can deal with it, that you are seeking social interaction and feedback on your thoughts. That said facebook has an overwhelmingly leftist agenda if you are someone like Jan Morgan who becomes a powerful voice for the right, you are apt to be banned repeatedly.

    • Karolyn

      I have consefvative friends who post on FB. PLD has a FB presence.Your view is very narrow.

  • jt

    I’ve always seen facebook membership as a sign of narcissism, and a POSSIBLE indication that someone lacks real social skills. and is uncomfortable interacting with other people in-person.

    In addition, there are MANY people who view facebook as a complete waste of time. And for people with full, healthy social lives, that waste of time is an unnecessary distraction.

    I find it disturbing that we’re already seeing a mentality that “If you’re not drinking the koolaid like the rest of us, then there is something wrong with you and you are a threat to the common good.”.

    Yes, indeed. If you choose not to partake of the mind-numbingly stupid social network, then what? Do they round you up and send you to “facebook re-integration classes”?

    Give me a break already…….

    • Karolyn

      You have it all wrong. Other than kids, I have found no adults who judge someone for not using internet social networking. It’s great for promoting business and also finding jobs too.

      • 45caliber

        But FB doesnt’ do that.

      • Karolyn

        Oh, yes it does, 45. It’s called networking. And even if a job isn’t found, at least people can come up with ideas and suggestions. It is also a great way to get out organizations’ messages, to sign petitions and support causes. Many people with home businesses use it to promote themselves also.

    • firefight

      jt says, “I’ve always seen facebook membership as a sign of narcissism, and a POSSIBLE indication that someone lacks real social skills. and is uncomfortable interacting with other people in-person.”

      I would like some clarity on this statement, please. I don’t see the connection between social networking and narcissim, a lack in other social skills and any possible discomfort in interaction with people in person. Your connection tends to lean toward an individual that might be severly introverted. I just don’t see your slant on this.

  • http://PLD FRENCHIE

    FUNNY, THE REASON I DON’T HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE ISN’T BECAUSE I’M A PSYCHOPATH, IT’S BECAUSE MOST OF MY EX-GIRLFRIENDS ARE !!! JEEZ…WHO COMES UP WITH THIS CRAP ? FACEBOOK IS NOTHING BUT UNNECESSARY DRAMA. I’VE SEEN IT TOO MANY TIMES TO NOT KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT & I CAN LAUGH ABOUT IT BECAUSE I CAN’T BE DRAGGED INTO IT, WHAT WITH NOT BEING ON THERE. SOCIAL NETWORKING, MY A$$ . MORE LIKE UNNECESSARY ANTI-SOCIAL DRAMA, IF YA ASK ME !!! BESIDES, THERE’S A REASON THEY’RE MY EX’S……………

  • firefight

    Although I do have a facebook account, I am very selective as to who I let in and what information I place on the site. I do not like divulging personal information in this new age of identity theft and fraud. Social networking is the new fad and while everyone likes to try out something new, it signals to me how easily people are led by the nose. In this article, it suggests quite literally that you are not mentally balanced if you don’t have an account which is initiation through intimidation. The ones who make such a suggestion are the ones to watch out for.

  • http://omniv8 pete0097

    I do have a facebook account, however, I think that it is in general a waste of time. It is a useful tool that I use from time to time, but putting every pointless thought and photo or telling everyone on the planet where you will be tonight is a waste of computer time and energy.

    • 45caliber

      My daugher in law did that. Until we pointed out to her that if you put everything on FB you can tell a burglar where you live, what valuables you have, and when the house will be empty. Now she only posts pictures for her family, who live in another country. Most people don’t realize just what info they are giving away. I’ve also heard of a cop who identified the location and habits of a fifteen year old girl that way – and scared the girl and her family half to death by showing up at her house to tell her to be more careful since it would be an excellent way for a pedophile to find and kidnap her.

  • Bill

    This was written by a person who supports government control of your lives. It does not work if you have independent thinkers who do not follow the crowd. I do not use facebook because it is a waste of time and effort as an advertising medium. It is social media only, just what the name implies

  • sugar

    Oh well, I’m already deemed a terrorist because of my beliefs, why not throw “psychopath” in there too for not using FB! It’s not enough that I have plenty to do in my life other than playing on that all day!

  • Mert Hamner

    Maybe I am a bit confused, but can someone tell me what a Facebook is? Where do I get one? Is it easy to read? I have poor vision. Thank you, Mert

  • Phil

    Next thing they will be saying is that anyone without an I-Phone (the modern day worry stone/zombie maker) should be remanded to a mental hospital.

  • Humpty Dumpty

    I’d call this ‘social profiling’. And, this is just the beginning. It’s “March in lockstep to what THEY want you to do for tracking purposes,” I think. Who would have thought such goofy things like social networks would be used against unsuspecting individuals?

  • Steve

    Don’t use FB and have no need for it. I also don’t pay any attention to ads that have the FB symbol on them.

    FB cannot be successful since not everyone will use it. It’s like US Mail only delivering to one side of the street, not useful at all………

    • Karolyn

      And you are way out of touch, Steve.

      • Steve

        Far from it Karolyn, I’m a member of several organizations that drive what happens on the Internet. Let’s face it, if FB was such a big deal its stock would not have tanked.

      • 45caliber

        karolyn:

        A better way to stay in touch is phone calls or letters. You get (and send) far more info to your friends – and you don’t have strangers peering at you.

  • 45caliber

    I don’t use it either. From what I’ve seen, FB is basically a way for people to become a “star” – at least in their own minds. Many go to extremes to get people to look at them. I have no interest in the lives of others and even less interest in others knowing about my own life. Why should I parade all the family’s dirty laundry for everyone to see and know? I dislike “reality” TV for the same reason.

  • 45caliber

    Okay, take this challenge:

    A woman goes to the funeral of her mother. While there, she meets a handsome man who really excites her. However, she only gets his first name and has no way to contract him later. She really wants to see him again. So she kills her sister …

    Tell me why and win an award.

    • Karolyn

      So he’ll come to her sister’s funeral. So what do I win?

      • 45caliber

        You won the Psycho Award!

        This is a question asked by psychologists of prison inmates to determine if they are psycho or not. Those who answer this correctly (as you did) are psycho – those who don’t aren’t. The psychologists say that the real differece between a psycho and a normal person is that psychos see things only as whether it will benifit them or not. Others have enough empathy to see the side of others and won’t think of killing someone just to get a chance of seeing someone else they have an interest in.

      • Karolyn

        Ridiculous! Any logical person could figure out the answer!

      • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

        I had no idea what the answer was, Karolyn. But you did, congratulations!

  • ONTIME

    FB is a seriously fractured webbsite, it is insecure and full of babble and I avoid it like the plague…it’s a legal trap waiting for the unwary……no I did not buy their IP..

  • 45caliber

    Incidently, they call these people “sociopaths” now rather than “psychopaths”. They are the exact same thing except there is a bad conitation to the word “psychopaths”.

    There are many psychopaths who are fully functioning members of society. They are able to set aside those tendencies for other reasons. It is those who can’t who usually end up in prison.

  • ROGER, Irish-Canadian LIBERTARIAN

    Proud to be a “Psycho” since it is the media Establishment which is definiing such as those not wanting to support Zionists, like Zuckerberg, responsible ( directly or indirectly) for butchering Palestinians et al

  • Dave

    I am not on FaceBook. Use to be until I heard the gov uses it to spy on everyone.

    • Karolyn

      Well, I wlecome them to spy on me because i have done or said nothing worth meaning anything. As an average, fairly normal American, I have nothing to hide; so I don’t really care. My life has always been an open book.

  • Rick

    Facebook was and still is a joke…the people who are caught up in this addiction don’t have a life.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    Study confirms: Facebook is for losers!

    Self-centered jerks are the heaviest Facebook users, as are those with poor self images:

    A recent study of Canadian university students suggests the heaviest users of Facebook are narcissists and people with low self-esteem.

    The study of 100 students ranked participants based on levels of narcissism and self-esteem. It revealed that those who ranked high for narcissism almost universally spent more time logging into and updating their Facebook profile.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/can-facebook-make-you-feel-better-about-yourself-1.550057

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing Jay

    Here is why Facebook is for LOSERS and it has nothing to do with making money. (I am just tired of hearing about Facebook and why it is soooo neat.).

    1. Facebook specializes in bringing people together with their former classmates

    I hated high school, so why would I be interested in seeing what “nobody I was ever friends” with is doing now? Most of the people on Facebook look like losers now, so what is the point?

    Further, I think I am still friends with one person from college. Again, why in the world would I want to dig around on Facebook and see what people from college, whom I was never friends with, are up to now?

    And this is a very interesting fact : just check out your friends list and u will find so many people who were ur classmates and u were never friends with them when u were classmates but now they are in ur friends list just hanging on the wall without any interaction with u ? whats the use????

    2) Facebook’s interface sucks, Why?

    If I join MyBlogLog or LinkedIn, I can find all kinds of people and websites from the “get go”. I don’t have to join, I can just start searching.

    Go to Facebook.com. “Its Free, anyone can join”. Nothing else to see. Yes, you can go to the Find Friends and search by a topic or even drill through names, but that’s it. You can see a picture, but if you want to know anything else, you have to join.

    To compare, go to Linkedin. Go to the bottom of the page. Enter in a name and bingo, you have the full profile of the person you are looking for, even if you are not a member or logged in.

    3) The Wall

    Who gives a rat’s butt what you are doing today or this minute? People write the dumbest things like “I am using the bathroom” or “just changed the baby’s diaper”.

    Now think about it. What kind of person finishes an activity and quickly runs to their computer and puts a post on their Wall? L-O-S-E-R, that’s who.

    4) Facebook is a time waster.

    A friend revealed to me today, she spends 1-2 hours A DAY on facebook. Some of it is spent looking up old friends (losers from high school). But most of her time is spent trying to sound more interesting than the other people on her friends list.

    So she makes up stuff to put on her wall like, “just finished reading Obamas book” or “Tutoring the baby in French while listening to Mozart”. And she it not alone. I read lots of nonsense like this on people’s walls like “working on my spiritual drumming”, “finding my inner self”, etc…

    Its all made up. Losers just post what ever they think their little group of friends will believe that day.

    Um, I think it would be a better waste of time to eat bon-bons and watch soap operas all day.

    5) Everybody lies on Facebook

    If you are divorced, you are “suddenly single!”
    If you are out of work, you are “starting your own business!”.
    If you live at home, you are “homesick and visiting your parents!”.
    If you are not married, you are “single and loving it!”

    Everybody has a great life on Facebook. What a place for losers.

    6) Why would I want to network with my sister, co-workers or customers in the same place?

    Facebook is for everyone! Which means my family is on facebook along with one or two of my coworkers, someone from another company I really want to work for, a few of my customers, ten losers from my high school, a lady from church, the next door neighbor and the guy I play golf with.

    Do I really want all of those people to potentially know each other through me? Talk about the walls between your world coming down.

    That sounds like the beginning of a nuclear network meltdown. Divorce, shootings, home invasions, ughh.

    7) Facebook is full of middle aged people trying to hook up with that guy or girl from high school that for some reason, they think has frozen in time and still looks like they did when they were 17. Nothing screams loser like that.

    8) Facebook is the MySpace of 2010

    Just wait. In a few months you will be getting friend requests from some girl named “Jazmin” and a guy name “Pimp-O-Dellic” neither of whom you know.

    Then there will be sparkly, bling a bling wallpapers for Facebook.

    Finally, the last straw will be when ten people named Odinga from Nigeria want to friend you and tell you about the $10M you have in their bank that they need your help getting out of the country.

    9) Your Facebook membership serves only to make the owners rich with your self absorbed content. You get nothing for your work.

    There is no revenue share for your content, your life, your posts. They put ads on your profile and bank the payback. You get nada, loser.

    There is no linkback, SEO benefit, no way to build something better and money making outside of Facebook.

    Nobody is going to hire someone from Facebook. “Hey check out my wall. I need a job, man”. Try LinkedIn, The Ladders, heck Monster. At least that is where employers might look.

    10) 10 years from now, you will be embarrassed about all the stuff you put on Facebook. But because it is the internet, it will be there forever..

    You can throw the diary away from grade school. You can burn your yearbooks.

    You can pretend you never dated that guy with the Camaro your junior year.

    Facebook lives forever. With all of your Wall posts, friends, everything.

    Now you understand why Facebook is for losers?

    • Karolyn

      My, my how bitter. Sad to have such an outlook on life.

    • swampfox

      Pimp o deilic,
      ain’t he in the white house?

  • ripobamie

    Let’s Twitter, FB, YouTube, if I want to know about you how far do I have to look? Don’t forget Google.

  • swampfox

    I quit and canceled Facebook because I got sick and tired of getting notices about that utterly friggen stupid virtual farm crap.
    I used to use it to keep in touch with my buddies who I knew in the marine corps.
    I agree,it is a waste of time and it seems it is like a huge damn soap opra for folks who have no life.
    I absolutely despise that farmville crap,it drives me nuts!
    I have seen nincompoops spend days doing that stupid sh*t.
    Who give a rats ass about veiwing photos of people I don’t know,do not want to know,Don’t care about,just a waste of Friggen time,
    for gossips who have nothing to do but yak about crap that Don’t amount to a hill of beans.

  • Diane Pitzler

    Karolyn,
    As sweet as you are you are in people’s face to much Face book doesn’t need you defending it and your opinion is not absolute ….people have a right to not share their life with the world through Face book no matter what you may think.
    Diane

  • Gordon

    I have had cell phones for 18 yrs. This whole cell phone, social networking, etc. thing is totally out of control. MOST people have become obsessive compulsive in their use. I have friends of 15+ yrs who have become addicted and spend 1-2 hours of their BUSINESS day on that damn electronic device doing non business things. Have you ever been with someone when your own phone rings and you ignore it. They absolutely go bonkers when I don’t answer it. Their obsesssive compulsive personality is controlling them. Twice this week my car has been run into in the parking lots by people on damn cell phones (etc). As 45 said, that thing is for MY convience, not theirs. Social networking people are addicted to the social stroking that their tiny ego gets by checking that thing every 8 minutes all day long. GROW UP PEOPLE.

    • Gordon

      Am I a psyco for NOT pissing my precious life away on a damn electronic devil?

  • http://whitedoveblogg.wordpress.com whitedoveblogg

    ACTUALLY, WHEN I HIRE PEOPLE FOR MY COMPANY, IF THEY DO TOO MUCH TEXTING AND COMPUTER ON THE SIDE, THEY ARE FIRED, I WANT THEM TO WORK FOR ME, NOT ME PAYING THEM TO STAY ON THE COMPUTER IF I AM NOT IN THE OFFICE.
    I DO NOT ALLOW PERSONAL CALLS, SINCE I AM NOT PAYING THEM TO TALK OR TEXT ON THE PHONE…….GET BUSY OR GET OUT!
    LAZY PEOPLE STAY ON THE COMPUTER, IT IS A TIME WARP THAT GRABS THEM AND THEY LOOSE TRACK OF TIME…….THEY CAN’T PERFORM THEIR OTHER WORK, BECAUSE THEY ARE ANSWERING THEIR E-MAILS………
    OR THINKING ABOUT ANSWERING THEM…THEY GO SLOWER AND SLOWER, AND MAKE MISTAKES, WHICH MY COMPANY NEEDS INTENSE ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY ARE DOING AT THE TIME.
    SOME OF THE DATA ENTRY PEOPLE I DO NOT ALLOW A PHONE ON THE DESK SO THEY ARE NOT DISTURBED LOOSE TRACK OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND MAKE A MISTAKE……..THAT COSTS ME MONEY…AND I REALLY DON’T CARE WHAT THEY THINK….
    DO IT MY OR HIT THE HIGHWAY……I TELL THEM UP FRONT……

  • Chris

    I am still trying to lift up my jaw that has dropped from reading this INSANE ARTICLE!

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