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.