Social media is a good invention, but there are pros and cons. Have you ever posted something while drunk and regretted it? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live in a world without social media? What about how social media can affect your opportunity to get a job?
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS COULD COST YOU THE LOSS OF A JOB
By Ashley Steeb
Social media is ingrained in our lives.
Posting funny comments or sharing videos is all fun and games, but there’s something they never tell you until after those posts are online. Everything you post to social media can affect your career.
According to a CareerBuilder article, over 51 percent of businesses managers who check a potential employee’s social media profile admitted to not hiring a person because of their posts.
Unfortunately, I have experienced this misfortune first-hand.
I haven’t been on Facebook for nearly four years. However, recently those old posts made me lose a potential summer job. The post wasn’t inappropriate, but because it had been posted so long ago, it came across as immature.
A few people I know have also had this misfortune occur to them. They never thought about how posts on social media could affect them professionally.
Fortunately, during my time at Franklin College, I learned about the hazards of old social media posts. I made a few changes on my Facebook page, so now it is no longer a total hazard during the interviewing process.
You will always have to be careful about what you post, and you may have to do some “spring cleaning,” but social media should never be a professional hindrance again.
After my experience, some of the best advice I can give anyone is, “Think before you post.”
PUT THE PHONE DOWN
By Brittney Corum
It’s time to thank technology—more specifically, social media.
Facebook allows us to connect to old and new friends and keep up with family.
Twitter updates us with the latest news, just seconds after it occurs.
Instagram gives us a space to share our photos with the world, for all to see.
However, our level of dependency on a social media app or technology can be dangerous. With your eyes buried in 4 by 2-inch phone screen, you can miss out on what is happening right in front of you.
Let’s think back to a time when cell phones didn’t control our lives. Remember when we didn’t have a way to post, snap or chat via phone application?
People talked to each other, face-to-face. People were focused on what was happening around them. People laughed out loud… really. People had actual best friends—they didn’t rank their friends based on Emojis via Snapchat.
What happened to writing letters? Or meeting each other for lunch?
Give up on the “LOL” and “TTYL.”
Instead, talk to someone now. Share a laugh.
Put the phone down and invite your friend to a coffee date. You’d be surprised by what you see behind the Instagram filter.
DRUNK POSTS LEADS TO REGRET
By Marissa Hendrickson
Posting on social media while you are intoxicated can be detrimental to your job and relationships.
If you’ve ever drank more than you should have, you may have said or done something you regretted when you woke up the next morning with a pounding headache.
It’s one thing to just say or do those things. It’s another thing to post those things on social media. Once they’re out there, there’s no getting rid of them.
Sure, you can delete the post. But you don’t know who saw that post, took a screenshot of it and sent it to everyone in their contacts list.
Furthermore, you don’t know what future employer saw that post.
That’s a problem.
Nothing good can possibly come from getting on and posting anything on social media drunk.
I’m no exception to this ongoing issue. I myself have posted things I really shouldn’t have.
Luckily, I’ve never gotten in trouble because of it. But that doesn’t mean you should do it.
They say drunk words are sober thoughts, but sometimes you just need to keep those thoughts to yourself.