PSYCHOLOGISTS NOW THINK ONLY CRAZY MASS MURDERERS DON’T JOIN FACEBOOK
August 8 2012
Berlin, Germany – Love it or hate it, social media has become a way of life in the modern world. Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other sites have become the gold standard for socialization, easily surpassing things such a sporting events or knitting circles.
That ubiquity has made a lot of people very wealth and provided users with the opportunity to expand their social circles well beyond what they would normally be, say that old friend from grade school or that cousin who lives in Australia. The connectivity that such sites offer have made them compelling and for some people essential to daily life.
For some the sites have become so essential that they simply cannot live without them and, according to some psychologists, that’s a good thing. In fact psychologists now believe that having a social network account is a sign of good mental health and, as evidenced by people like James Holmes and Anders Behring Breivik who didn’t have any such accounts, people who don’t participate in social media are likely to become mass murdering psychopaths, a finding which is just fine by Facebook executives of course.
“Using Facebook has become a sign of having a healthy social network. Several mass murderers in the past have lacked any real friends,” said Psychologist Christopher Moeller.
Holmes, the Dark Knight shooter, did participate on adult dating services and Breivik did have a MySpace account which is surely a sign of deep madness.
Employers have also started using Facebook to determine whether or not a person is mentally stable enough to be employed and not go on a killing rampage.
“I would say there has to be truth to this. Not that avoiding social networks actually make a person into a psychopath of course, but that people who are prone to serious mental illness like these people are would be more likely to avoid such sites in the first place. It’s an indicator that something might be wrong,” said Scrape TV Psychology analyst Dr. Sarah Welp. “There is of course a danger in relying on that entirely, meaning that it is very possible there are psychopaths on Facebook and other such sites and just assessing them based on having profiles may be just as dangerous as them not having the profiles in the first place. Some would argue that doing that is just crazy, I know I would.”
Past mass murderers have also lacked Facebook accounts due in large part to it being a fairly new thing.
“Crazy people tend to not have a lot of friends and the ones they do have tend to not be very close. It’s not the lack of friends that make them crazy, it’s the crazy that makes them not have any friends. However, a person not having friends is not a rock solid indicator that the person will eventually go on a shooting rampage. Those types of things are traditionally very tough to predict,” continued Welp. “Plus, it is possible that people intent on killing will start to create profiles just to dissuade superstition and then go off and start killing folks anyway. Heck, if you think about it they could use Facebook to bring a lot of people to a common location and then go nuts. Or not, it may mean nothing at all, all this.”
Holmes has reportedly expressed interest in setting up a Facebook account in the wake of the shootings, now having so many new friends to interact with.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent