• Social Media Can Make or Break You

    Posted on November 24th, 2013 msmith88 No comments

    I came across a New York Times article written by Natasha Singer titled, “They Loved Your GPA. Then They Saw Your Tweets.” Here’s the link to it: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/business/they-loved-your-gpa-then-they-saw-your-tweets.html?smid=tw-share&pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Honestly, I don’t think many young people actually believe that universities as well as potential employers look at their social media “footprints.” Negative comments and posts on social media can haunt people forever if they aren’t conscious of what they’re saying. The article states that “of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects.”

    I think that young people need to realize that social media should not be used as an outlet to make negative remarks or comments. In this way, young people are taking advantage of the fact that they can voice their opinion in less than a minute by posting onto social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It’s actually pretty scary to think about…

    After reading this article, I think that it might be something I’d like to talk about in my Unit 4 project. Young people take advantage of the fact that they have countless forms of social media, but are their posts appropriate? Do they even understand how it can affect them in the future? There are definitely a lot of interesting ways to discuss young people and their social media use.

     

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