Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 young workers regret their social media posts
(RNN) - A new survey says a quarter of young social media users have posted comments, photos and other information that they fear could cost them a job.
The survey, conducted by legal information website Findlaw.com, found that 29 percent of 18- to-34-year-old users of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and other popular social media users have posted personal information that they fear could cause them to lose a job or job offer.
"People love using social media to share their thoughts and life experiences," said Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney-editor with FindLaw.com. "The drawback is that many comments, photos and other information may not be looked upon favorably by employers.
"And taking down or removing a post or photo may not be enough," she added. "As the information may continue to live on in other parts of the internet. It's best to assume anything that you post could live on the internet forever - and to think accordingly before hitting the 'post' button."
Whether it actually did any good or not, 21 percent of those surveyed say they have taken down photos or other postings out of fear of repercussion from employers.
Eighty-two percent say they pay attention to their privacy settings, but 6 percent say they use the default settings and pay no attention at all to privacy settings.
FindLaw.com offered some suggestions when it comes to managing social media:
Think before you post: Always assume that your boss or a prospective employer could someday see that photo or comment. Your posting may be visible via friends' and other acquaintances' social media. Always err on the side of safety and good judgment.
Check your privacy settings: Most social media provide a variety of controls for who is allowed to view postings and other personal information, and what information is being revealed to others. Check settings frequently.
Limit personal information: Be aware of what personal information you are entering when initially registering. Many details of personal information are not required
If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, seek legal help: Although many individuals who are terminated from their job feel their termination was "wrongful," the legal definition of wrongful termination is limited only to only those circumstances where an employee was fired for an illegal reason. Free information on wrongful terminations can be found at http://employment.findlaw.com/.
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