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Young social media users attempt to delete dodgy posts to save employment
Have you ever posted something on Twitter, Facebook, or in another social media environment that you have later decided you ought to delete, just in case your boss, a future boss, or even a client, gets wind of it? You're not alone, according to new research from legal info website FindLaw.com.
Slagging off a client, your boss, or even a workplace practice, on social media may seem like a good exercise in venting your spleen at the time, but it will probably come back to haunt you.
And, it seems, many U.S. adults have found themselves in the position of having to go back and delete something they've posted just in case it offends their current, or future, employer. FindLaw.com surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults and found that retrospective deletions aren't uncommon once the blood pressure has returned to normal.
Among older social media users - those between the ages of 35 and 64 - just 36% worry whether what they post online will offend employers. However, among younger, perhaps more impulsive social media users, between the ages of 18 - 34, a whopping 74% have removed something from social media, such as an image, personal information or a comment, to avoid "negative reactions" from their current or future employer.
But, as FindLaw.com's attorney-editor Stephanie Rahlfs says, it's probably too late - once a comment has hit the social media scene it's likely to "live on in other parts of the Internet", and sod's law says your boss, or future boss, is going to see it.
The solution is simple: THINK before you submit.
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