Does Not Having A Facebook Page Make You “Suspicious?”
The internet was once the domain of the acne-ridden and anti-social. But more and more, online socializing appears to melding with real socializing. Forbes’ Kashmir Hill reignited this discussion this week when she published an article warning that those without an online presence, especially a Facebook page, will be labeled “supicious.”
Note that Hill cleverly didn’t say that a non-Facebooker actually is suspicious, just that you would be labeled as such.
Hill mentions anecdotal evidence that mass murders have less of a social media presence, or that a Facebook page can be an obstacle for a cheating spouse looking to score, before admitting that these conclusions are “obviously flawed” (a bit of an understatement, I think). The article also mentions more practical concerns:
It’s not just love seekers who worry about what the lack of a Facebook account means. 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?
I think the concerns of employers and job seekers are the most relevant reality for those considering their social media presence. Whether we like it or not, potential employers check Facebook. So your existing profile should show you in a positive light- and if you don’t have one, you may be depriving the potential employer of another opportunity to learn about you as a candidate.
In any event, I hope the world is not slowly becoming this Toyota Venza ad:
What do you think?