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Does Not Using Facebook Make You A Few Sandwiches Short of a Picnic?
By: Christine Geraci
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If you're not on Facebook, you're probably a psychopath. At least, according to some psychologists and employers. 
 
With Facebook closing in on nearly 1 billion users, it's now apparently suspicious if you're NOT on the social network, at least in some form. 
 
So all you one-man wolfpacks out there still searching for pay-phones and dropping paper letters in mailboxes, take notice: If you're still anti-Facebook, it might affect your ability to get a job...or even a clean bill of mental health.
 
For recruiters, it appears the absence of a Facebook account is more likely to make them think the person was kicked off due to policy violations, rather than simply being uninterested in interacting with others via the social network. 
 
And for psychologists, no Facebook account means it's more likely the person doesn't have a healthy social life. 
 
OK...does anyone else have a serious problem with all of this? Just because you choose not to utilize a free service provided by a for-profit company, there must be something wrong with you? 
 
Some of my friends are hardly on Facebook, although they have accounts, which I would argue is basically the same as not having a Facebook account. Not only are they completely sane, they hold down good jobs. Facebook simply isn't their preferred method of social interaction.
 
Yes, it's a changing world and yes, online social networks are acceptable, mainstream methods of communication. But even people who live off the grid aren't considered crazy — just different. Since when did not using Facebook mean you must live some bizarre alternative lifestyle? 
 
Do you know anyone who isn't on Facebook? If you do, are they playing with a full deck? 


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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