The growth of social media use and the resultant volume of personal content is staggering - every minute adds 48 hours of videos on YouTube, 3,600 photos on Instagram, 3,125 photos to Flickr, 100,00 tweets and 684,478 individual pieces of content on Facebook. This avalanche of content, coupled with the permanence of digital data can offer the scope of invincibility, but is invincibility a blessing or a curse? Online sharing of personal information and its easy accessibility requires the use of caution in terms of future consequences..
- 40% of college admissions staff use Facebook to learn more about applicants.
- One in five technology industry executives used social media sites to screen job applicants.
- 83% of recruiters are strongly turned off by profiles that mention recreational drugs.
- 66% of hiring managers held poor spelling and grammar against candidates!
It is imperative to mentally answer the following questions before clicking on the post button:
- Will this post/update/photo/opinion command respect and not ridicule a few years henceforth?
- Does my online behavior reflect my real personality, or am I faking it?
- Could my online behavior hinder my future professional prospects?
- How could my online behavior affect current and future personal relationships?
Being on social media is like walking in a crowded beach on a summer evening. The anonymity is comforting only until someone looks specifically at you. When that happens, how you are perceived is a direct outcome of how you present yourself.
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