SUSPICIOUS MINDS: Could not being on Facebook cost you your next job?
That recruiters review a candidate’s online presence is common knowledge but could not having a Facebook account work against you?
August 13, 2012 4:00 by Eva Fernandes
An article on a German website tagesspiegel.de has been making the rounds on the internet. The article identifies a link between not having a Facebook account and being a mass murder. To prove her point, the author quotes the example of Norwegian mass-murder Anders Brevik and Aurora shooter James Holmes who both did not use Facebook, but instead used MySpace and adultfriendfinder accordingly.
Now, linking the two similarities between the mass-murders might be a bit of a stretch, but the article has sparked an interesting conversation about what not having a Facebook profile says about you. The general consensus is quite divided: while some people see a lack of a social media presence as a personal choice motivated by a heightened love for one’s privacy, others construe it to be indicative of a deceitful nature. If you aren’t on Facebook is it because you are trying to hide something of your past or is it because you do not wish to recognize your associations?
Similar concerns have been raised within the sphere of recruitment. What does it mean if the person you are interviewing does not have a Facebook account? In fact Kashmir Hill blogged about her experiences on the topic: “anecdotally, I’ve heard both job seekers and employers wonder aloud about what it means if a job candidate doesn’t have a Facebook account. Does it mean they deactivated it because it was full of red flags? Are they hiding something?”
Now Kipp finds the argument discriminatory but we can also see the logic behind the suggestion that not being on Facebook is a little suspicious. Times are a-changing, and as Facebook’s omnipresent all-encompassing status grows, coming across someone who lives in our social-networking-obsessed society and still actively chooses not to have a Facebook profile does give pause to thought. Facebook demands a level of transparency and openness which might be the fraudulent person’s worst enemy. Then again if someone tells you he does not have a Facebook profile he could just be one of the last normal people remaining.
What do you think? Would you be immediately suspicious of someone who shuns social media? Or conversely have you ever been discriminated against in the workplace or otherwise because you chose not to use social media? Let us know in the comments section down below.