Listen Up: Nothing is Forever Except Social Media and Certain STDs

Social Sharing

(DGIwire) — Scientists say that the human frontal lobe takes 25 years (almost there, Biebs!), sometimes more (hang in there, Ms. Lohan!) to fully develop. Nowhere is this more solidly evidenced than on social media. Today, millions of “duckfaced” young people worldwide share their twerking, drinking, fighting, bullying, simulating, stimulating, enticing, provoking, attacking, degrading, embarrassing, punching, kicking, humiliating, choking, or fill in just about any other verb you can think of. Chances are someone out there has probably done it and then unabashedly posted it.

At the time it probably seemed like a fun idea to share evidence of various exploits. After all, didn’t 24 more strangers become new friends and followers after posting success over “the cinnamon challenge?” Then there were those 254 likes for the Instagram post of doing “donuts” in your parents car in the high school parking lot? How about all the new fans of your topless twerking on top of the bar for your 21st Birthday Celebration? Good stuff that inspires community sharing while building popularity and new “friends” in the online world…right?

But there comes a time in every person’s life when the need arises to apply for a job or to a college. The realization begins to set in: Maybe you don’t want your prospective employer, admissions director or professors seeing you in various states of intoxication or undress on Twitter. Might they not appreciate the “humor” in your ever-so-creative posts?

“Before considering an interview with a prospective candidate, we thoroughly check their social media profiles. Good judgment, common sense and street-smarts are essential skills in a publicist or corporate consultant,” says Dian Griesel, President of Dian Griesel Int’l, based in NYC. “We peek into how a potential employee perceives themselves and how they want to be perceived. An interview and resume might say one thing but a glimpse into their social media content may say something entirely different about their prudence, reasoning and savvy.”

You can do a number of things to attempt damage control. You can purge all evidence of your bad judgment and start posting cute pictures of your pre-school graduation, inspirational messages or places you’ve been or would love to visit. You could delete your account altogether. But what about screen shots, shares, re-posts and re-tweets? Someone out there may very well have evidence of your escapades right in their phone, or worse…shared it on their own social media pages. Virtually every post on social media has the potential to go viral. You can’t erase that! The scary fact remains that there is no quick cure.

So the next time your finger is on the “send, tweet, post, or share” button, really consider if it’s the image you are trying to project. What takes five seconds to post, may well take a lifetime to erase.

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