I’ve always admired people my age that lead a Facebook-free existence. Whether they never registered an account or walked away from the social-networking site, it’s hard not to be impressed with their dedication to stay far from Zuckerbergland.
But apparently not conforming like the rest of us may be hurting these independent thinkers.
Facebook has become such a pervasive force in modern society that increasing numbers of employers, and even some psychologists, believe people who aren't on social networking sites are 'suspicious.'
The German magazine Der Taggspiegel went so far as to point out that accused theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik have common ground in their lack of Facebook profiles.
On a more tangible level, Forbes.com reports that human resources departments across the country are becoming more wary of young job candidates who don't use the site.
The common concern among bosses is that a lack of Facebook could mean the applicant's account could be so full of red flags that it had to be deleted.
Wow. That’s really stupid. It’s a conclusion that assumes the person on the profile is the same person in real life, which we all know isn’t true.
So, job-seekers, get cracking on making yourself look good digitally, because employers would rather judge you that way than meet you face-to-face.