Social media, round 2

1 Oct

So as I contemplated in my last post about the abuses of social media it became quite a lengthy affair. In that, though, I forgot to mention my biggest annoyance with all of the posting and updating. It’s kids literally throwing their futures down the drain with every post and photo that they upload. I’ve noticed this is happening among all age group and it drives me absolutely crazy.

If you go look at facebook profiles kids in middle and high school you see long posts of people fighting online, girls in skimpy outfits, and much more. Even worse is people in college. I understand that my profile may not be a prime example of what one should be, but I am smarter than to deliberately post something that sheds me in a bad light. I have no pictures of drinking or illegal activities or nudity or anything else (I mean I wouldn’t do that anyway) because  I know that all of the information on these sites are public for everyone to see. I don’t think people quite grasp the idea that, whether you like it or not, your profiles through social media become you. They define you and present an image that others will see you by, despite who you really are. I get so sick of seeing tweets about how hungover someone is in class or seeing photos that make me want to send them to the person’s mother!!! I understand that it is fun to share our lives together through facebook and twitter and be able to see what goes on in each others lives, but people don’t realize that other people are looking too: employers.

This video about employers looking at people’s facebook profiles is a little outdated, but it still gets the point across. CEOs, bosses, managers, and so on are always screening their applicants and looking at their sites to see how they “really are.” I know that most people at this point with the profiles they have would not stand a chance at getting a job. I feel like this conversation has been had over and over, but people just aren’t listening. I know personally know people that have missed out on an opportunity because of their facebook page. It may not be fair, but it’s reality. I know my profiles may not be perfect, but I have always made a conscience effort to pay attention to what I post and make sure it is appropriate. My method is to always think about if I would show everything on my media sites to my parents or a potential employer for that matter, and I would. People should ask themselves the same question!

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