As many know, the internet and social networking sites like Facebook can be a great way to find work and brand yourself for future employers who may be noticing; however, it can also work against a person--particularly when poor choices are made public to all. 22 year old Denise Helms is the latest example of why one should be careful of what they post on the internet for all to see.
After making a derogatory post on Facebook concerning President Obama, featuring an unsavory racial slur, the young Cold Stone Creamery worker soon found herself not only out of a job, but also under investigation by the Secret Service. The Secret Service is conducting an investigation to discover if the girl could in fact be a threat to our soon-to-be reinstated Head of State.
Here is what the ice cream scooper posted, soon after President Obama was declared the winner of the 2012 election:
"And another 4 years of the (n-----). Maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!"
FOX40 Sacramento reported that this is what Helms had to say about her poorly thought out commentary:
"I didn't think it would be that big of a deal...the assassination part is kind of harsh. I'm not saying I'd go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen I don't think I'd care one bit."
Sill even with this concession, the Coldstone Creamery felt compelled to fire the girl for posting this inflammatory statement for all to see, as they felt it reflected badly on them as a company. On the company's public Twitter page, they wrote the following comment regarding Helms' dismissal after numerous angry phone calls and social media posts were sent to the Coldstone Creamery:
"The employee is no longer w/the company. We were as shocked as you were by her outrageous & completely unacceptable comments".
According to The Associated Press , more trouble may be ahead for Helms as the Secret Service is continuing its investigation and will soon determine what charges, if any, the girl will face. According to the law it is a felony to make a threat against the presiden;, however, whether this comment will be classified as such, is still yet to be determined.
Helms' Facebook Obama slur is likely prompted in part by the behavior of some radical well-known individuals who make a point to be loud about their disapproval of president Obama. One such individual is reality television star and mega millionaire, Donald Trump. Trump has been quite oppositional to President Obama from the beginning, making a big fuss over birth certificates and then recently posting series of Tweets on Election Night suggesting a revolution take place. In addition, Rush Limbaugh also makes a big show and talks loud and long about the problems with our president and his way of running the country. With these kinds of role models, it's not surprising to see young people testing the waters of social media for voicing their radical opinions. Unfortunately however, these kind of unpopular and borderline threatening opinions can have long reaching consequences for those who are unfortunate enough to make them.
Psychologists have been known to use a lot of crazy devices to determine ones mental status, with Facebook becoming the latest tool in the local shrink's arsenal.
According to an article on Slashdot.com, which referenced German news source Der Tagesspiegel, individuals without an active Facebook account are more likely to be sociopaths.
The article points out that both Colorado shooter James Holmes and the notorious Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik both lacked a presence on Facebook.
Additionally, Forbes recently published a report stating that an applicant lacking a Facebook page should serve as a warning to employers that something is not quite right about the candidate. According to Forbes, the lack of a Facebook account signals that the account may have been deleted due to multiple red flags or inappropriate behaviors.
Still another popular website, Slate.com, goes so far as to say, if a romantic possibility doesn't have a Facebook page, drop them like a hot potato - that fellow's no keeper!
According to Slate.com reporter Emily Yoff, "If you're of a certain age and you meet someone who you are about to go to bed with, and that person doesn't have a Facebook page, you may be getting a false name. It could be some kind of red flag."
It seems bizarre to me the way tables have turned in favor of social media as a tool to "make it or break it" in the world today. I can remember way back when (you know, roughly 10 years ago) in the early 2000's when MySpace was all the rage. Then suddenly, during college, my classmates and I were warned to remove ourselves from those kinds of sites for fear of losing our reputability with employers.
Yet here in 2012, it seems, if you don't engage in some form of social media, you may be SOL when it comes to making your mark on the world. I have even heard that some colleges actually examine prospective student's interactions or engagement on Facebook and Twitter as a deciding factor in accepting those students into certain programs.
So, it seems Facebook usage now seperates the mentally stable from the nutcases. If Zynga could only prove playing their games will help you lose weight, the two would make an unstoppable combination!
The bottom line is, if you don't want to be tagged a weirdo or sociopath, make sure to get yourself a profile on Facebook today. Fill it with photos of family and cliché picture messages which are meant to convey the words you are not witty enough to come up with yourself. If you do this, chances are, you might not be a sociopath.