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Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the why-are-you-different? dept.

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bs0d3 writes "According to this article printed in tagesspiegel.de, not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.(German) As examples they use Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik, who used MySpace instead of Facebook and the newer Aurora shooter who used adultfriendfinder instead of Facebook. They already consider those with Facebook accounts, who lack friends to be suspicious, but now they are suggesting that anyone who abstains from Facebook altogether may be even more suspicious."

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625 comments

Hogwash (5, Funny)

rwa2 (4391) | about 2 years ago | (#40808869)

I submit: https://www.facebook.com/dexter [facebook.com]

(OTOH, I unfriended the account because disappointingly it wasn't even a little bit in-character)

Re:Hogwash (5, Funny)

FrostedWheat (172733) | about 2 years ago | (#40809125)

What, he doesn't have a secret lab in his bedroom?

Two words (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808887)

Fuck you

Re:Two words (5, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | about 2 years ago | (#40808903)

I'm starting a compay that knocks people to the ground and puts a boot on their neck. My business model is to sell ads on the soles of the boots. Ticker symbol FY is available. W00t! Get the VCs on the line.

Re:Two words (5, Insightful)

istartedi (132515) | about 2 years ago | (#40808949)

Oh, and parent should not be modded down. "Fuck You" is pretty much the only valid response to that bullshit.

Re:Two words (5, Insightful)

game kid (805301) | about 2 years ago | (#40809045)

Right on. This whole thing is very thoughtcrimey--I guess I should expect "lemme see your passport, SSN, and Facebook account while I wand and grope you" real soon.

Re:Two words (2)

postbigbang (761081) | about 2 years ago | (#40809277)

But wait, you mean correlation!=causation??????

What's that click I just heard......

Re:Two words (1)

umghhh (965931) | about 2 years ago | (#40809349)

and if routine identity control on the street finds an abstainer then a deep cavity search should performed - who knows what such abstainer can hide there...

Re:Two words (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809175)

I wonder what the correlation between people writing about serial killing and them being serial killers is? Probably stronger than not being on facebook and being serial killers.

Re:Two words (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809177)

My thoughts exactly.

Re:Two words (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809249)

Adding to what I previously said - this is slashdot. Everybody here is well aware of numerous legitimate reasons not to use Facebook, as well as the perfectly valid "I don't want to".

The notion that there is some "science" behind the idea makes it more likely that at some point in the future, somebody in the future will stop me at an airport or a police checkpoint. Because I don't have a Facebook account.

As rational people who support the scientific method, we must make our voices heard when this kind of rubbish comes along. Profiling people based on their internet usage - for "national security" - is likely to become a reality in some countries before long. "He uses computers a lot, but he doesn't like Facebook? Give him a full search."

adultfriendfrinder (5, Funny)

fermion (181285) | about 2 years ago | (#40808905)

While there may be overlaps, my understanding is the primary objective of FaceBook and Adultfriendfinder are not precisely the same. For example, it seems that many more photos on facebook involves clothing, and I am sure many of the people on facebook do not intend to have sex with everyone who friends them.

LinkedIn (5, Funny)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 2 years ago | (#40809077)

And I don't use FB, only LinkedIn - what does that make me? Potential murderer for hire?

Re:LinkedIn (1)

JoeMerchant (803320) | about 2 years ago | (#40809119)

I underuse them both (FB LI) - going on once every 2 years or so, it seems.

Does that mean I'm mostly psychopathic and only really "safe for society" when I'm out of work and have time for social internet sites?

Re:LinkedIn (5, Funny)

morcego (260031) | about 2 years ago | (#40809143)

Negative. I tried hiring some murderers through LinkedIn, and didn't get any applicants ... I'm pretty sure Craigslist will have a much better return ...

Re:LinkedIn (1)

Smallpond (221300) | about 2 years ago | (#40809341)

No. People on LinkedIn are generally not serialkillers. Just sociopaths.

Most of the CEOs I know are on LinkedIn.

Re:adultfriendfrinder (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809179)

Wait.. AdultFriendFinder is a real thing? I just assumed it was a thinly veiled front for prostitution.

Re:adultfriendfrinder (5, Funny)

Smallpond (221300) | about 2 years ago | (#40809351)

Wait.. AdultFriendFinder is a real thing? I just assumed it was a thinly veiled front for prostitution.

You are incorrect. It is not thinly veiled.

Overblown (5, Insightful)

jbmartin6 (1232050) | about 2 years ago | (#40808911)

I submit that this sort of story is overblown.Yes, this is one out of hundreds of characteristics on a list. Just having one or even fifty from the list doesn't mean any individual has crossed the threshold of "suspicious". Everyone on /. should be familiar with this sort of thing from spam filters.

Re:Overblown (2)

Xtense (1075847) | about 2 years ago | (#40809055)

Your post advocates a
( ) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based (X) vigilante
approach to fighting spam. Your idea will...

Oh, sorry, you tripped my anti-anti-spam filter. Added you to the whitelist!

Re:Overblown (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 2 years ago | (#40809205)

y'know, I haven't seen the full form for that in a while. It looks like it turned out the solution was technical after all - everyone gets gmail, and problem solved apparently.

Re:Overblown (4, Interesting)

iamhassi (659463) | about 2 years ago | (#40809129)

I submit that this sort of story is overblown.Yes, this is one out of hundreds of characteristics on a list. Just having one or even fifty from the list doesn't mean any individual has crossed the threshold of "suspicious". Everyone on /. should be familiar with this sort of thing from spam filters.

Agreed - sort of. This is just one out of hundreds of characteristics, but the title is correct: Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious.

And it makes sense, why would someone not want to join a site where all your friends are? It's 2012 equivalent to a shut-in or recluse. [wikipedia.org] People are naturally suspicious of someone that chooses not to join normal society.

And it's going to get worse before it gets better, even if Facebook is replaced, there will be another website most people join. Facebook has been popular for what, 6, 7 years? There are teenagers today that don't remember life without Facebook, and as those teens become adults it's going to sound more perverse to hear someone say "I do not have a Facebook account"

Even now, I know people who have been denied jobs, apartments and loans because they do not have a Facebook account, because Facebook is a great tool to contact everyone you "know" to check background and try and reach you if something happens i.e. steal and skip town, etc

It's also evidence... (4, Insightful)

hawks5999 (588198) | about 2 years ago | (#40808917)

That you are old.

Re:It's also evidence... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809031)

Get off my timeline!

Re:It's also evidence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809213)

That you are old.

And that your definition of old begins after 25 years of age.

Re:It's also evidence... (5, Insightful)

EdIII (1114411) | about 2 years ago | (#40809221)

Or have principles which prevent you from engaging in such behavior.

Valuing privacy and refusing to participate in information sharing with a company that will only use it in ways you don't approve of hardly makes you suspicious. If some people really do find that suspicious and can't understand the reasons... screw em. You will have as much success changing their minds as changing ultra-religious fanatics minds about their intolerance and bigotry.

The real concern is if businesses or governments start using the lack of social networking presence as grounds for investigations or refusal to be employed.

Have you been to Facebook lately? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809253)

My mom is on Facebook, although I am not. I saw a story a few years ago about how this sudden increase in older people was hurting Facebook's cool factor and driving some of the younger people away.

Re:It's also evidence... (2)

Teun (17872) | about 2 years ago | (#40809299)

Maybe older but certainly wiser.

Psychology (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808919)

This kind of bullshit is what happens when you listen any "psychosciences".

Sorry, but I consider Facebook suspicious (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808923)

They're a commercial enterprise making their money off profiting from the private data of others. I've had libertarians proclaim the company to be an example of the value of the free market, but I consider them an example of how a private company will manage to find something valuable about others and get money for it with a higher cost than you might realize.

Now maybe you consider the service Facebook provides worth it, but I consider the cost of being on Facebook not worth any service.

So...count me out of it. I could even be convinced to shut them down, though it would probably take some serious abuses before enough public support could trump the propaganda for it.

Re:Sorry, but I consider Facebook suspicious (2)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#40809085)

Now maybe you consider the service Facebook provides worth it, but I consider the cost of being on Facebook not worth any service.

I have to admit that I value the service that Facebook provides more than I worry about the (very real) privacy concerns. It's just so ubiquitous and therefore so powerful for reaching people. Sigh...

Re:Sorry, but I consider Facebook suspicious (2)

morcego (260031) | about 2 years ago | (#40809189)

You have real information on facebook ?

Summary is wrong (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808929)

Breivik most certainly did have a Facebook account. He networked with anti-immigration and anti-Islam groups on Facebook. His address list for his manifesto was compiled from Facebook profiles that he had friended.

Re:Summary is wrong (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808965)

If true then he should have been under surveillance, much like Slashdot user Chrisq.

Yes, I am suspicious (5, Funny)

Freddybear (1805256) | about 2 years ago | (#40808931)

You know who else never used Facebook? Hitler!

Re:Yes, I am suspicious (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809131)

And Jesus. Mind you he was caught by the Roman Thought Police and, boy, were they cross.

Re:Yes, I am suspicious (1)

fredan (54788) | about 2 years ago | (#40809223)

not only that but he didn't use the internet either!

Re:Yes, I am suspicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809321)

Not true [youtube.com] . He was a big Farmville fan. But it was all lost thanks to those damn Allied hackers.

FB (5, Insightful)

pitchpipe (708843) | about 2 years ago | (#40808933)

This line of thinking could sure help Facebook's stock value.

Uhm ... no. The more that Facebook is seen as something that you need to do (institutionalization) instead of something you do because it is cool, the less cool it will be. In fact this line of thinking may even make it cool to 'rebel' against the establishment (Facebook). This is how these social networking sites die. The cool kids leave first, everyone else follows soon after.

Re:FB (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809257)

The type of person who thinks FB is "cool" is not the type who rejects convention and The Establishment.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808937)

...it's a single data point. It says something about the person, but I don't think you can reach very far into a person's psyche based on that alone.

Re:Well... (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#40809021)

I don't have a Facebook account because I neither have the time nor the desire to put any degree of personal data on there. It simply does not interest me, and heaven knows I post enough on the intertubes.

What? (2)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 2 years ago | (#40808939)

Hmm well Jeffrey Dahmer didn't have facebook, Charles Manson didn't have book :O OMG!!!!!! Hmmm but Jesus didn't have book either ....... Glad pesudo science still rules!

Fear Me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808941)

So should I understand from TFA that I am a murderer waiting to happen?

Heh. (1)

blagooly (897225) | about 2 years ago | (#40808945)

Insanity helps Facebook's stock value. Summaries should always have a punchline.

Sorry (1)

ericdano (113424) | about 2 years ago | (#40808951)

Sorry, but I have no desire to have my personal information shared on FaceBook, nor do I care about the status updates of 'friends". I was on there, and deleted my account. I see no value in it. If people want to get ahold of me, they can text, email, IM me. If they want to know what I'm up to, they can ask or check out my website for info.

If that labels me as "suspicious" so be it. I have no desire to see Fuckerberg make money from his hodge-podge system.

Re:Sorry (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#40809157)

I see no value in it. If people want to get ahold of me, they can text, email, IM me. If they want to know what I'm up to, they can ask or check out my website for info.

There's the problem. People might perceive the methods you suggest so clunky that they might not ultimately contact you at all.

Found the next mass murderer on Facebook... (4, Funny)

allanw (842185) | about 2 years ago | (#40808963)

This guy has been circulating around the internet as the profile of the next mass murderer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ld=2582718763 [facebook.com]

Re:Found the next mass murderer on Facebook... (1)

Nate the greatest (2261802) | about 2 years ago | (#40809039)

Except I'm only on Facebook just barely enough to have a page for my blog, so that doesn't count.

Re:Found the next mass murderer on Facebook... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#40809217)

Screenshot for the FB abstainers?

Re:Found the next mass murderer on Facebook... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809327)

Is it Emmett Gulley?

Phew! I'm safe! (5, Funny)

bhunachchicken (834243) | about 2 years ago | (#40808971)

I've had a Facebook account for years. I've even made one for each of the little voices in my head, too :)

Re:Phew! I'm safe! (1)

hinchles (976598) | about 2 years ago | (#40809101)

thats ok I guess this makes me a mass murderer with no friends :)

everyone i know (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808973)

everyone i know stopped using facebook 6 months ago, so everyone i know is a serial killer (like europe really has such a massive problem as the US has...)
75% of the worlds serial killers are Born in the USA...

I don't speak German (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about 2 years ago | (#40808985)

Does the article have some more evidence than those two unrelated cases?

Re:I don't speak German (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 years ago | (#40809293)

. . . not speaking German is the second sign that you are a mass murderer!

"Your paperz puleaze!"

Actually the first paragraph in the article mentions that some HR departments in the US want to peek at what you are up to on Facebook. Not having a Facebook account makes employers suspicious. A Hannover psychologist is quoted as saying that 70%-80% of HR folks look up on applicants in the Internet. Abstinence from social networking may imply that you are anti-social.

That psychologist need to see a good psychiatrist for some therapy.

Nothing new. Just something to fill the Sunday pages . . .

Apples to Oranges to Grapes (3, Insightful)

Jahf (21968) | about 2 years ago | (#40808993)

I'll admit the MySpace to Facebook comparison was closer. However ... comparing Facebook to AdultFriendFinder? Either I don't hang out in the "right" Facebook groups or this is total bull. They are not even close to interchangeable in purpose, audience nor function.

I suppose the reason I find the concept of this article sad is that we're moving to a place where instead of an expectation of privacy ... we now have an expectation of no privacy. I post photos, sure, and status updates and events. But I'm careful about the permissions on them and I don't post EVERYTHING nor will I. If that makes me suspect, well, I guess suspect me. But it -should- show I have a reasonable level of intelligence on what I keep private.

While I do use Facebook, I have a number of friends, neighbors and co-workers who do not. And I don't consider them suspect. Why would I? I don't go "oh, my neighbor is always frequenting that gaming site but refuses to use Facebook, he must have something to hide".

I also have a number of friends who either maintain multiple accounts (because they hate dealing with permissions) OR keep their account obscured so that you have to know that it is their account (different name, odd profile photo, different email account, etc). Purely because we ALL have people in our lives we don't want to know EVERYTHING. Is that the next step for being suspected?

Glass walls. You don't want them. At least not until everyone in power can give up their judgements about peoples' personal lives.

not having a Facebook account (1)

l3v1 (787564) | about 2 years ago | (#40808995)

"not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer."

All I can say to that is: "SIlence! I kill you!" :P

In all honesty, I don't want to be friends with anyone who live their lives on Facebook. I have a few friends who post photos there from time to time, I can live with that, but otherwise...

It seems funny to think people - who saw the intended application, the target audience, the main purpose and the negative properties of facebook-like sites, and decided not to be an active part of it - so so consider such people murderers or something equally bad.

Also, not being on facebook doesn't necessarily mean someone doesn't want to be out there, e.g. I know people who are on linkedin, but are not on facebook - so what does that mean? No, please, never mind answering that, I already have spent more time on this idiotic topic than I ever wanted to.

No Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40808999)

When I was recently looking for an apartment, potential roommates were consistently requesting that I friend them on Facebook so they could get a sense of who I am. I guess the thinking is if you have at least a couple hundred people willing to friend you, your not likely to be a mass murderer. Not having Linkedin also proved to be conspicuous when searching for a job. Absence of a Social Media presence is indeed now conspicuous. I had been avoiding all of it, but felt compelled to join. I'm now on FB, Twitter, and Linkedin. I'll also likely soon join pinterest and instagram.

I don't "do facebook" for 1 VERY GOOD reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809007)

SECURITY: I've got so many incidents of malware OR exploits of one form or another there being propogated there, that it's not even funny (over roughly the entire time of its existence nearly)!

Yes - I am talking literally to the tune of 200++ in that timeframe, & those are just the ones I managed to spot online reports about, AND, that are actually known!

I saw the same crap go down with MySpace too, which is why I avoided that as well...

(Thus, were I EVER to get "hassled" over it? I'd point those out & anyone sane would most likely agree with me on that much, since I value a computer that's "clean" & safe to myself, as well as others online OR otherwise!)

* Additionally - I think it's a GIANT "waste-of-time": Far worse than say, spending time on technical forums like this one (one of the BEST there is on the planet as far as news aggregation in the sciences & most importantly to me, the art & science of computing).

I've got enough "online presence" anyhow to mostly decent "acclaim" since 1995 onwards anyhow, so... there ya go!

APK

P.S.=> Lastly, I see MOST of my pals use it as a "pickup artist" tool to snag women... fine, but that comes with hassles too!

As men, you know the kind in money, energy, emotional hassles, & other 'trauma' I don't have the time or energy anymore to deal with, or to be honest about it, the looks I used to have as a younger guy - "been there, done that" thousands of times... lol!

(Sure, & yes, it can be + was pretty "fine & dandy" but that time's past for me since I am nearly 50 yrs. of age @ this time - too much of a "double-edged sword" for me on that account, but... to each his own)...

.. apk

No-one should put their true real-world there (5, Interesting)

ron_ivi (607351) | about 2 years ago | (#40809011)

I thought most parents teach their kids "don't give your personal info to strangers".

Remember, Zuckerberg's a stranger to your kids no matter how many free things (services) he offers them, just as much as some guy offering free candy from an unmarked van.

I guess I'm a mass murderer then... (1)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about 2 years ago | (#40809019)

because I have a barebones Facebook account with almost nothing on it and I never use it. I think I created it some years ago so I could get tickets to a comedy club, or something. I do networking through LinkedIn and that's about it. I guess I'm a mass murderer.

Re:I guess I'm a mass murderer then... (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about 2 years ago | (#40809091)

Well, with that user name, it's not very surprising.

Re:I guess I'm a mass murderer then... (1)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | about 2 years ago | (#40809305)

LOL. I'm sure you're not serious. Anyway for anyone curious, I got the idea for the moniker from the Neil Stephenson novel "Snow Crash"

Suspicious? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809025)

What is suspicious here is the willingness of the writer to promote and sustain this conclusion. Worse, there is a tantalizing paucity of data regarding the 'normalcy' of Facebook use. We need to directly question these statements rather than post them and wait for more measured responses...or is this what passes for critical thinking in the internet age?

wtfh? (1)

abuelos84 (1340505) | about 2 years ago | (#40809035)

Wth?
What if you don't use ANY "social media" crap and you actually SPEAK to your friends..?

This news makes me want to mass murder people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809047)

I have not and will not ever have a facebook account.

Rock (1)

ByteSlicer (735276) | about 2 years ago | (#40809049)

Lisa: "By your logic, I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away."

Re:Rock (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#40809121)

Homer: “Hmm; how does it work?” Lisa: “It doesn’t work; it’s just a stupid rock!” Homer: “Uh-huh.” Lisa: “ but I don’t see any tigers around, do you?” Homer: “...Lisa, I want to buy your rock.” The question not answered by the article - or at least the shorter translation since I don't read German - is who exactly is making this assumption. Is it the German government? Or is, in fact, just this newspaper?

Re:Rock (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#40809127)

Damn you HTML formatting!

No social media (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809093)

I don't have a myface, spacebook, twatter or giggle+ and i haven't killed anybody...yet.

I don't see the point of being on any social networking sites if i don't have a social life (sociopathy is entirely different to psychopathy by the way)

In the U.S. it's the first sign you're a spook (4, Interesting)

michaelmalak (91262) | about 2 years ago | (#40809095)

Many of my real-life friends have no Facebook presence because they have cleared software jobs and have been instructed to not have social profiles or blogs in order to maintain their clearance.

Just another clue that Holmes was a CIA asset.

Re:In the U.S. it's the first sign you're a spook (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#40809265)

Shit, can you move under all that tinfoil?

No no, you have it all wrong! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809105)

It's really called Freedombook!

And thus it begins... (4, Insightful)

dryriver (1010635) | about 2 years ago | (#40809111)

So using megadoses of peer-pressure to get everyone on Facebook isn't enough anymore... Now not being on Facebook is actually considered to be a serious clue that there is something seriously wrong with you? What a load of bullshit. What a load of bullshit. What a load of bullshit. ------ Many ordinary people who are smart about privacy do not put their lives on Facebook for a very good reason: Zuckerbook exists purely to make money, and cannot be TRUSTED with the details of your life, however mundane they may be. 3 cheers for everyone who abstains from Facebook for privacy reasons. Hip-Hip-Hooray. Hip-Hip-Hooray. Hip-Hip-Hooray. ------- End of message -----------

Sociopathy (5, Interesting)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about 2 years ago | (#40809113)

I get funny looks all the time when I say I know all about FacePlace and consciously refuse to join.
My sister worked on me for months (we're both "old") to join before I finally got testy and told her under no circumstances would I join. I think she thought I just didn't understand it and just needed to be shown how wonderful it was. She was genuinely hurt by my reaction.
It's like belonging to a religion in many ways. True believers have trouble understanding how others don't share their beliefs; clearly they just need the right explanation to bring them around.

Fuck you (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 2 years ago | (#40809135)

Just like the car commercial I go out and do things, with real people, not sit at my table cyber stalking 682 people at the same time watching dumb shit puppy videos. I also am not a 20 something living at my parents house and actually have work and responsibilities.

So tagesspiegel.de, fuck you, I have a life

Re:Fuck you (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809297)

Just like the car commercial I go out and do things, with real people, not sit at my table cyber stalking 682 people at the same time watching dumb shit puppy videos.

Citing a TV commercial doesn't strengthen your case here.

Today's dilbert is right on topic (5, Funny)

caffiend666 (598633) | about 2 years ago | (#40809145)

Today's Dilbert is right on topic: SHHHH! It hears you. [dilbert.com] .

I don't like being packaged and sold as a commodity.

tagesspiegel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809153)

tagesspiegel? is that german for "retarded"?

Re:tagesspiegel (1)

Teun (17872) | about 2 years ago | (#40809359)

Der Tagesspiegel: The day's mirror.

These guys need some reflection.

Lack of a social network profile antisocial (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809159)

I think lacking any kind of social networking profiles probably could be part of an antisocial disorder diagnosis. I don't see why Myspace would be any worse than Facebook as long as you have active friends. Adultfriendfinder however probably does not count as social networking unless they have nonsexual forums and chat rooms. I would argue being active on Slashdot or Reddit discussions is social behavior. Not having any social network in real life or online is antisocial and a warning sign as antisocial tendencies have a strong correlation other issues.

Re:Lack of a social network profile antisocial (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809339)

Antisocial activity is negative social activity. Antisocial people lie, cheat, steal, and are often very popular. Another word that means the same thing as antisocial is sociopath.

You are talking about asocial people. Like people with severe anxiety disorders. Not the same thing at all.

i submitted this a week ago, was upvoted, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809161)

I submitted a very similar story a week ago:

http://slashdot.org/submission/2173921/social-networking-the-dark-knight-massacre-and-the-missing-facebook

It was voted up to the highest entry in the queue for that hour, but then it was mysteriously deleted while lower voted articles made it to the front page. The direct link to my submission remains above, but it was simply gone from the queue, and everything submitted before and after it remained. If it had been down-voted, that's one thing, but it was up-voted and someone appears to have "made it disappear".

Security service inspired story ? (3, Interesting)

Alain Williams (2972) | about 2 years ago | (#40809171)

I know that the story CIA's 'Facebook' Program Dramatically Cut Agency's Costs [theonion.com] was in the onion, but I would be surprised if the CIA did not tap into Facebook's data. Those of us who do not have a Facebook account must be a pain ... how to encourage us to tell the CIA^h^h^h Facebook all that they need to know .... how about make them feel worried that they might fall under increased suspicion ? Well: it will work with a few people, so a cheap and effective way of gathering information about more people.

6 billion mass murderers on the planet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809183)

According to Wikipedia, facebook is just shy of 1 billion users.
Furthermore, Wiki claims [wikipedia.org] that the US census bureau estimates the world population at 7 point something billion. So, statistically speaking, 6 in seven people you meet are mass murderer.

Can we now put this non-story to rest?

niiiice (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about 2 years ago | (#40809219)

Ah, so any mass murderer needs to get himself a FB account immediately, just to stay clear of such stupid generalisations.

No fb account? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809235)

I always knew my grandpa was a mass killer...

Social Networks: Pathetic (3, Insightful)

DERoss (1919496) | about 2 years ago | (#40809261)

I consider my self a pioneer in the use of computers but also modern. My experience covers the range from plug boards and punched cards to client-server networks and remote operation of PCs.

I do not participate in any social network. I have little interest in "friending" someone I never met face-to-face. I do not tweet. Now retired, I have no real use for LinkedIn. See my http://www.rossde.com/internet/surf.html#missing [rossde.com] .

If that's what it takes (1)

Teun (17872) | about 2 years ago | (#40809269)

If that's what it takes to be(come) suspicious in the eyes of the 3- and 4-letter departments I'll be proudly remain suspicious!

Yet another non-story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809295)

Thanks for the utter bullshit, slashfags.

Most mass murderers are murderers and ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809303)

... most people making generalizations are likely making idiotic claims. Perhaps most mass murderers don't use fabric softener.

I don't even have a slashdot account. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809323)

I started reading slashdot around summer of 1998, yet never bothered to sign up for an account. In fact, I hate signing up for things. I like keeping my life uncluttered. Makes it easier to focus on planning for my next killing spree.

facebook is a great tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40809331)

don't serial killers use facebook to find who they wanna kill?
sorry but this is idiotic, i think you can ask any FBI agent and they will tell you that facebook is the number one location for serial killers to meet the people they wanna kill...

My 95 year-old grandmother must be a terrorist (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 2 years ago | (#40809335)

She's never had a computer in her life, and still has a rotary phone, and still grows her own chickens and vegetables, and has never had a credit card.

She must be a terrorist.

Logical Fallacy (1)

Zamphatta (1760346) | about 2 years ago | (#40809343)

So because I refuse to submit to Facebook's non-friendly terms of agreement, I'll now be suspected of being a terrorist or something? Sounds like the same logic used to prove global warming is caused by the falling population of pirates.

activists on Facebook? since when! (1)

jetcityorange (666232) | about 2 years ago | (#40809353)

>> While it is already established that sites like Facebook and google+ are no good for political activists Are you freakin' kidding me? #Occupy wouldn't be the same without Facebook. Now Google+, that's another story. I mean who wants to occupy a ghost town?

Sex offender??? (1)

stanlyb (1839382) | about 2 years ago | (#40809361)

Like, not having sex with blonde and attractive girls could mean you are a child molestor? Or sex criminal? Or, noooo, god no, same sex disliker???

Not being on Looserbook a bad thing? (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | about 2 years ago | (#40809363)

This is just more of this Reality TV society we live in. Unless you are spending all your free time being popular something is wrong with you. Here's a reality check, Facebook was started by a couple of unpopular nerds. How's that for irony!
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