A recent survey conducted by legal-information website FindLaw.com found that a considerable chunk of young adults are aware of, and act on, the potentially negative career impact of their social media activity.
Seeing as 91% of employers use social networking sites to screen prospective employees, it’s probably a good thing.
In a demographically balanced survey of 1,000 American adults with a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, FindLaw.com asked participants about their behavior surrounding Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr.
29% of those aged 18-34 said they have posted a photo, comment, or other personal info they fear could compromise their current or future job prospects. And a full 74% of 18- to 34-year-olds have removed something to avoid a negative reaction from an employer or prospective employer.
Unsurprisingly, adults aged 35-64 showed less apprehension surrounding social media – likely because they’re not posting inappropriate content nearly as frequently to begin with – with only 36% having deleted content for career purposes.
That said, FindLaw.com did find that 82% of young users “pay at least some attention to their privacy settings,” and only 6% leave the default settings as they are.
Have you ever deleted a tweet, Facebook post, pin, or Instagram because you were afraid your boss or a recruiter might see it?
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