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Social Media: Public Diary or Not?
Social Media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.” ~Amy Jo Martin~
Let’s take a look at the latter part of the quote referenced above; “You are contributing to your own active digital footprint and personal brand.” You are deliberately releasing your personal data on social media sites. Although you may feel you are just venting, blowing off steam or posting your audition photographs for America’s Next Top Model, in reality you are creating a virtual reputation oneself. Social Media is no doubt a great tool to connect with family and friends and if you are a professional, it is a great venue to promote your business.
Unfortunately, too often today teenage girls and young ladies utilize their social media sites as their personal diary and a mirror for all to see of their precious jewel…their bodies; without truly knowing the consequences of such actions. Here is a look at why you should always think twice before you post for the world to see.
According to Career Builder, here are a few alarming statistics:
Those who have been denied employment:
• 46% posted provocative and inappropriate pictures or information
• 41% posted about drinking/drugs
• 32% Poor communication skills (Spelling, grammar & foul language)
Those who have been hired employment:
• 46% got a good feel for the candidates personality and social media presence
• 43% Conveyed a professional image
• 40% Communication skills (Spelling, grammar & absence of foul language)
Let’s be honest, what we post is not only for “friends” or “followers” to read and see, but it is a lense for potential employers and college recruiters to determine if the person on the application is really who’s written on paper. It would be sad to miss an opportunity to fulfill their dream because of one minute of frustration shared on social media or a distasteful photo.
Please do not get me wrong, I wholeheartedly believe in authenticity. However, I must ask; would you bare your soul & secrets to a complete stranger? How many of your followers do you really know personally? Social media is not and was never intended to be one’s public diary. In everything we do, we must think before we type and think before we post that photo. There is a much bigger picture to consider……That is your FUTURE.
So young ladies, please set a positive self-image of yourself in order to reap positive results! Your FUTURE is bright, don’t ruin it on Social Media!