on Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:10 am#57765
I have never had any social networking site. I also almost always block everyone on steam unless I am gaming with them.
Recent news stories have suggested that employers may be reluctant to hire people without a Facebook profile on the grounds that Facebook usage has become so common that not having an account is seen as somehow abnormal. This concern appears to have been compounded by a lurid report in a German newspaper that alleged mass killers James Holmes and Anders Behring Breivik did not have Facebook accounts, leading to the rather hysterical conclusion that not having an account “could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.”
Is there any substance to these concerns? Research suggests that although not having a Facebook account might be unusual nowadays it is hardly cause for alarm. Indeed, the fact that someone has an account is hardly a credential of mental health either, and may be associated with its own problems, admittedly minor ones.
An Australian study examined personality differences between people with and without Facebook accounts (Ryan & Xenos, 2011). People with an account were found to be more extraverted and narcissistic, whereas those without an account were found to be more conscientious and shyer. They found that those without an account experienced more social loneliness, but those with an account experienced more family loneliness. They also looked at time spent on Facebook per day among users and found time spent was positively correlated with neuroticism and loneliness and negatively correlated with conscientiousness. All of these effects tended to be small. These findings seem comparable to those of a study comparing users of Facebook and Twitter respectively which found that people who preferred Facebook tended to be more extraverted and sociable compared to Twitter users, but also more neurotic and less intellectually oriented (Hughes, Rowe, Batey, & Lee, 2012)
What might this suggest to a potential employer concerned about whether an applicant has a Facebook account or not? On the one hand those who have an account will tend to be more outgoing and less shy, which would be important in jobs involving a great deal of face-to-face interaction. On the other hand, those who do not have an account tend to be higher in conscientiousness, suggesting they are more likely to be hard working, persevering and achievement oriented. In fact, conscientiousness has been found to be one of the strongest personality predictors of job performance across all professions. Furthermore, the more time a day a person spends on Facebook, the less time they are doing actual work and the more time they are likely to be whining about their personal problems. People who do not have a Facebook account also tend to be somewhat less narcissistic, that is, less egotistical and exhibitionistic. Employers concerned about someone not being on Facebook might instead want to consider the desirability of hiring applicants who think that “everything is about me” and who lack a strong work ethic. Narcissism is also a member of what personality psychologists call “the dark triad” of personality, along with such antisocial characteristics as psychopathy and Machiavellianism (Jakobwitz & Egan, 2006). Although there is no evidence that Facebook usage has anything at all to do either way with being a homicidal maniac, the fact that narcissism has a known relationship with antisocial traits would seem to suggest that people who do not have Facebook accounts are actually less likely to commit atrocities. All of these considerations should of course be tempered by the fact that all of the effects reported by these research studies have been small in size. So, looking at things scientifically, knowing that someone does or does not have a Facebook account is not likely to be a strong indicator of the character of the person, and is hardly cause for panic either way.
Personally, I think a more worrying trend than people not having Facebook accounts is revealed by cases of employers in the U.S. demanding that job applicants hand over their Facebook passwords or “friend” their bosses so that the latter can snoop on them. Perhaps, all this hysteria about some people not having accounts is really a cloak to justify an increasing invasion of privacy. Surely, trying to stigmatise or marginalise people who choose not to conform to popular social trends and demanding access to people’s private communications are hardly compatible with the values of liberal democracy.
Hughes, D. J., Rowe, M., Batey, M., & Lee, A. (2012). A tale of two sites: Twitter vs. Facebook and the personality predictors of social media usage. Computers in Human Behavior, 28 (2), 561-569 DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.11.001
Jakobwitz, S., & Egan, V. (2006). The dark triad and normal personality traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 40 (2), 331-339 DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2005.07.006
Ryan, T., & Xenos, S. (2011). Who uses Facebook? An investigation into the relationship between the Big Five, shyness, narcissism, loneliness, and Facebook usage. Computers in Human Behavior, 27 (5), 1658-1664 DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.02.004
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on Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:13 am#57766
- ChisaGod Of Boobs
- Location : Boston, MA
There's nothing wrong with people embracing privacy, in fact, I'd consider those people to have more potential, seeing as how they see the big picture.
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:31 am#57774
- Location : In my own little world
I don't care about my friends lives 24/7, don't care about some picture you took while walking down the street. I'll call you if I want to get caught up on what you've been doing.
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:39 am#57775
Erased it for multiple reasons.
* Can't be looked up.
* I HATE people knowing where I am and what I'm doing. That question is a peeve, when someone calls and says what are you doing, who's there. So when it went full public making friends of friends of friends being able to see my post or comments, that was too much.
*Realized I don't give a fk about anyone's lives. Didn't care about bdays, kids parties, graduations, sick pets, your raise at work, how you saw a stick, the cheese on your burger that looked like Jesus. When 95% of comment withheld was 'why post this' .. it was time to go
* Women/ Adultery
WAAAAYYYYY to easy to chit chat in the dark and end up in a dirty conversation. Don't trust women, don't trust myself. Remove the threat. Couldn't tell you how many meet ups resulted from a public safe FB comment that a female responded to which further lead to wrestling.
But then there was our group. Who talked shit to each other all day and destroyed everything posted with nonsense. GF said, way back, anything you post I know 4-5 people who are going to make fun of you. lol
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:42 am#57777
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:28 pm#57829
Facebook kills friends, IMO. Not in all cases, mind you, but it happens more often since FB was made. Plus, FB has zero privacy. People can know everything about you WITHOUT you saying anything or posting on your wall. And that, to me, is simply scary.
Never mind that your info is sold to third parties which is very common for Facebook.
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:11 pm#57831
- Location : Massachusetts
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:16 pm#57832
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:21 pm#57836
- Location : Massachusetts
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:34 pm#57839
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:10 pm#57842
- Location : Ohio, USA
Twitter on the other hand. I use it for my youtube channel. And of course... a little bit of my own personal needs.
Screenshot of TweetDeck (A Chrome extension). Customized the far right 2 columns with "@MirrorPhotos" & "@iLiketattsdaily". Those accounts spam nudes of some sexy ladies. Had to find some non-nudes for that screeny below lmao.
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on Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:24 pm#57849
- Location : Scotland
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:32 pm#57853
I got circle jerked by a link about Nate Diaz asking to be released by UFC, which MMAroast retweeted, which War Machine retweeted, which took me to some girl on his page named Krissy... nothing but nudes all over her page. She looks like a porn star.
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:16 pm#57854
- Location : not where i want to be
i use it and make posts sometimes. sure i don't like the people who feel the need to post pics/updates every hour.. but i tend to just take them off my notifications.
i don't think not having a facebook page makes you deviant in anyway. it is very bizarre to even suggest it. maybe people who don't have it actually have real life friends.. so probably makes them more stable.
on Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:17 pm#57857
- ChisaGod Of Boobs
- Location : Boston, MA
on Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:21 am#57860
- Location : New York
However, I will never give my facebook password or profile to my employers. You can fire me first.It's personal and the only information I have about me on there is my name and birthday.. because it's required.
on Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:50 am#57862
Its main purpose was to get laid and piss people off by spamming their updates with nonsense.
on Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:01 am#57864
- Location : New York
Ehh see it's different for me. I like seeing how all of my friends are doing and I still keep in touch when I can.. but lives get busy. Also, I love to see how my cousins are growing up and what they look like and what not.. as I don't get the chance to go see them often because they live so far away.
on Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:13 pm#57865
I have 18 combined aunt/uncles and only 2 live outside this city. We see each other every couple months for holidays.
on Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:11 pm#57867
- The CD PlayerBurn Trees
- Location : swimmin w/ the fishies
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