My brother-in-law has committed social suicide and he doesn’t even care. I always make fun of him for not having Facebook, Twitter, or even a LinkedIn account. He’s a professional who often relies on relationships to gain new clients and yet he refuses to incorporate social media into his work and life. We all know people like this. They’re “too busy,” “would rather read a book” or fear technology. And according to this article, they might also be mass murderers.
Lone gunmen like James Holmes and Anders Breivik both shied away from an online presence, possibly a clue to their social isolation. But I really don’t think my brother-in-law is capable of murder. So what does social suicide say about him and others?
More than anything, it sends a red flag. There are two main scenarios in which people Google you: dating or career. If I was going on a date with someone and couldn’t find ANY info on them besides a creepy Mylife link, it would freak me out a little. What are you hiding?! Oh nothing you, say? Not sure I believe you.
And if you’re looking to advance your career, how can you be that successful if you’re an online ghost? Of course I know that doesn’t have to be true, but today almost everyone uses the internet to either promote themselves or at least identify themselves. So much of our time is spent online it’s almost abnormal to not interact there socially.
Even if you don’t like to share your own information or post duck-face photos of yourself, at least you can keep up with what’s going on in your friends’ and colleagues’ lives. Aren’t you at all curious who’s taking pictures of their feet on the beach?!