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Is not joining Facebook a sign you're a psychopath?

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.


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I proudly deactivated my

I proudly deactivated my account today. I was only on it for a year, but that was way too long.


It may only mean you are not a Psychophant.


A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country from his government.

indeed :)

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My ethics complaint

to Daily Mail and UK Press Complaints Commission http://tumetuestumefaisdubien.sweb.cz/Complaint-Daily-Mail-F...

You shot the messenger?


Shot? Messenger?

I didn't shot anybody, even less a messenger.

That was the Daily Mail which used the word "psychopath" in the title for class of the people not joining Facebook and whole text of the article seems to support this false implication which Daily Mail doesn't contest in any way violating the ballance rule from the journalistic ethical codex - which makes mandatory for a journalist to consult an expert having argued opposite opinion (and there are such experts, including myself, who are able absolutely negatively answer the question and argue such opinion by very strong arguments in fully scientific manner) and publish the opinion together in the same text.
From the context of the article it is also quite clear the Daily Mail is not just the messenger, but the author of the message "You could be considered 'psychopath' if you don't join Facebook" and only what saves the Daily Mail from being fully behind the edge of class libel is the question mark in the title question, which nevertheless is not answered in the article in any way which could be considere argued negative opinion by any of the citations used and so again the ballance rule was obviously violated and the complaint to Daily Mail with notification to UK PCC is therefore fully legitimate.


I just got an e-mail from the Just Say Now campaign telling me that Facebook is rejecting their pro -marijuana legalization messages once again. They want to make sure it is an issue in the 2012 election but the pro-state scum at Facebook don't want that to happen. It is them not the people who do not use their vile system who are the psychopaths because they want to continue to imprison millions of people for no reason. I am not on Facebook because as they just proven to me they are evil people and it would be a waste of my time to have anything to do with them, If some person does not want hire me because I am not on Facebook then who wants to work there anyways.

Keith Halderman

Some thoughts

Mandatory Facebook accounts would help its sagging portfolio, No?

Corporatism at its best, with the government getting its usual cut off the taxes?

Then there is the frightening implications of being ID'ed as not being a cheerful participant in Orwellian Two Minutes Hate session.

This 54 year-old man was arrested while watching a Olympic event becasue he was not smiling.

"Mark Worsfold, 54, a former soldier and martial arts instructor, was arrested on 28 July for a breach of the peace shortly before the cyclists arrived in Redhouse Park, Leatherhead, where he had sat down on a wall to watch the race. Officers from Surrey police restrained and handcuffed him and took him to Reigate police station, saying his behaviour had "caused concern".

"The man was positioned close to a small group of protesters and based on his manner, his state of dress and his proximity to the course, officers made an arrest to prevent a possible breach of the peace," Surrey police said in a statement.

Worsfold, whose experience was first reported by Private Eye, claims police questioned him about his demeanour and why he had not been seen to be visibly enjoying the event.

Worsfold, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2010, suffers from muscle rigidity that affects his face. He was released after two hours without charge or caution."


Notice how Cold War communist propaganda posters always show people with ecstatic smiles? If you are not happy, you are a subversive of the state!

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

Oh for heavens sake.

That story just takes the cake. How dare he not smile!!

I'm too busy...

...with family & friends to do facebook.

Facebook actually can create psychopaths

And the outrageously false implication: "you're a psychopath if you don't join Facebook" could paradoxicly be the proof.

The implication clearly is an attempt of the projective identification - a pathological manipulation typical for Borderline personality disorders family - which the Antisocial personality disorder is one type thereof - and it is what commonly is usually called "psychopathy" when judged from behaviour only.

The major general scientific hypothesis about the secondary psychopathy environment origin factor is:
"the society presenting opportunities for cheating".

The communication using internet "social networks" lacks most of the characteristics of a normal real world social contact with almost complete absence of a direct nonverbal component.

There are many and many fake accounts (80+ millions just on the Facebook officially) and you can't be sure the entity you communicate with is what it pretends to be - people on the internet often pretend being somebody else then who they really are in the real world. And many are paid for it. Cheating is so easy on the internet.

I don't wonder this cartoon is so popular:

The real science actually contradicts the outrageous Facebook PR stunt and implies the "social networks" on the internet in fact can even create secondary psychopaths.
Written by doctor in the field of clinical psychology with special expertise in the psychology of political manipulation and violence.

I'd guess there's way more

I'd guess there's way more psychopaths lurking on Facebook than not.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. - Matthew 10:16

On the flip side

People have the freedom and right to use facebook if they so choose.
I personally have found it to be a great resource to keep up with my family on the West Coast. Parents, Brother with wife 4 kids, Two sisters with husbands and 1 kid each.
Yes we do still call each other and email as well.

Don't hate on the product, hate on the people who abuse it or the ones who write stupid articles like the one mentioned in this post.

"Once you become knowledgeable, you have an obligation to do something about it."- Ron Paul

Of course....

But why publish? Emails are good and the "world wide web" still works....
Just sayin'

I want out of Facebook.

Will the FBI start profiling me from across the Pacific? XD

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

What's Facebook?

It sounds boring!

DP= consumption filter

I spend time here on dailypaul instead of facebook for the same reason I use a Berkey to filter out all the crap from my water.

What is so sad is:

It said in the article that not having facebook means you are essentially devoid of having "real" friends.

What a crock...

In my brief experience on

In my brief experience on Facebook, as well as my experience with friends deeply into it, I think Facebook can actually create a level of emotional superficiality to relationships if one is not careful.

Yes, you can have more frequent contact with far more people - if by 'contact' you mean a regular flow of snippets and snapshots of their lives and thoughts (often shared across the board with all their contacts). But, as for deep and abiding emotional ties of intimate friendship, Facebook can actually get in the way of that type of relationship, if one is not careful. I see it in friends I used to be closer to.



it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--


Critical thinking gone.

Either you're with the Corporations, or you're _.

Shove it, fascists.

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
-George Orwell

You should see the looks I get

when I say I don't have a cell phone.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Ha, yes!

my spouse becomes almost angry when asked about FB--

refuses to have anything to do with it, as do I!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I'm trying to figure out

why your comment was downvoted. I didn't find it offensive. Did you write something in code that I'm missing?

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

no, no code--LOL!

1988vote is two of us (husband and wife), and neither of us want FB, but one of us gets mad whenever anyone talks to him/her about it--

that's all; we're in our 60s, and I think that we don't even know what 'code' is--


and we don't own cellphones either. Some of our married children who live away from home don't like that, but they've learned to accept it.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

It was most probably downvoted

by a psychopath from Facebook lurking here.

How sweet of someone to say I am a psychopath

I have never understood Facebook. My family and friends all have Facebook with 400+ friends that post status updates about how McDonalds gave their daughter a happy meal for a boy, instead of a girl. Then you have their friends posting a picture of their pile of s*** 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, because they just vacuumed it at the car wash.

My favorite of all are these status updates, is when people say "I'm so tired, just cant believe how tired I am from working. I fell asleep 3 times while driving home". Now come on, if you're that damn tired, then why do you have enough energy to post ridiculous status update like that? Some people cant get enough attention.

you nailed it

Yes, the "friends", you often never have seen in real world and who have the obsession to post every their fart to be smelled globally.

Employers like it when you have a Facebook page

so they can glance at the "Cliff's Notes on You" and quickly determine whether you are worth employing. Saves employers a ton of time weeding out anyone they deem "undesirable" before they have a chance to cause problems down the road. If you don't use Facebook, at best you are an unknown variable, and at worst it is assumed that you have something unsavory to hide.

In the times of communism

in our country everybody had so called "cadre file", collected by school, employers, party, secret police...and if one had there something like "attended a protest" or "didn't agree with the russian occupation", the one basically had no chance to get better job than a construction worker - even if having university degrees and long work experience.
Now people in the so called "free world" make such files themselves. One who already lived through this really wonders.