However, not everyone likes social media. Some people choose to use some social media channels, but not others. Either way, it’s okay. To each his own. I have no judgments about people who choose not to use it. But if you’re looking for a job, beware.
An article in Monday’s Forbes suggests you’re on dangerous ground if you’re not using Facebook. Apparently, hiring managers are starting to think something might be wrong with you if you don’t have a Facebook page. The implication is that if you don’t use Facebook, you’re hiding something and that something is probably negative. (And that’s a big deal because up to 92% of hiring managers use social media to investigate potential hires.) The article further quotes a German media outlet who suggested that lack of social media use indicates “a possibly dangerous level of withdrawal from society” referencing recent mass murderers Anders Breivik and James Holmes.
Great – so here we are again. More evidence that to “fit in” you have to do what everybody else is doing. It’s just another variation of the idea that you must conform to extrovert standards to be considered “normal.” And that bugs the hell out of me.
Why are we so afraid of “different” in this country? How did the great melting pot become a place where anyone who looks, acts or thinks differently than the “normal” masses has to be wrong somehow? And when did we get to the point that not using a communications tool means you’re trying to hide something?
It seemed there was a great burst of good, positive press about introverts when Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (affil link) and TEDTalk came out. And I’ve seen it slowly evaporating over the last several weeks. This is just another nail in the coffin. And it makes me very sad.