Today, everyone has some sort of social media account like FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr, etc. and it has become a part of everyone’s daily life. We use these sites to share whatever we want because we have the freedom to express ourselves. But sometimes these sites can hurt us more than they can help us. These sites allow us to post pictures, rant about our day, talk to friends and relatives anywhere around the world, and just be ourselves but because these sites are so widely used anyone can get to know a person through them. I read two articles that talk about how college admissions boards and many different jobs will check your social networks to decide whether they want you or not.The article Applying to College? 12 Facebook Photos You Should Delete Now explains things that you should delete off of your Facebook when thinking about applying to college. When we post things onto our Facebook, we don’t really think of the consequences it could have on the future. Everyone knows that underage kids like to party and have fun, but why post the pictures on Facebook? A picture of you drinking a beer or smoking some pot isn’t a good idea to put on Facebook in the first place and it’s basically asking for trouble. Even something as little as liking a certain group on Facebook can send the wrong image to people. Today college admissions boards are looking at students Facebooks, Twitters, and YouTube Channels to help choose the students they will accept.
Not only do colleges look at these sites, but many different jobs do as well. The article If You’re Applying for a Job, Censor Your Facebook Page tells you the reasons why and how jobs screen you through social networks. Once you put something on the internet it’s out there forever. The article states these reasons why employers disregard candidates:
- Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information – 53 percent
- Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs – 44 percent
- Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients – 35 percent
- Candidate showed poor communication skills – 29 percent
- Candidate made discriminatory comments – 26 percent
- Candidate lied about qualifications – 24 percent
- Candidate shared confidential information from previous employer – 20 percent
I leave you with this, be careful what you put out on your social networks. Anything you put out there will come to haunt you in the end. Keep your profiles on private, but your not guaranteed that something won’t eventually be seen. Think about what your gonna post before you post it.