Facebook and Work

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Today is a new generation mostly involving computers; everywhere. The largest usage of computers is for social-networking. Today, 65% of online adults use social-networking sites. (Madden, 2012) The most popular social-networking site today is Facebook. Facebook has lately been having a lot of controversy, especially in the workforce. The workforce is looking at individuals Facebook profiles to determine hirable status. If Facebook keeps interfering with citizens’ rights to be hired, soon there will be a drop of employment.

The means of social-networking, in the beginning, was a new means of communication for people all over the world. And to create so called “groups”; the groups would be for charities, supporting common causes, etc. (Lusted, 2011) Today, however social-networking has gone beyond that stature. Social-networking today is mostly used by young adults and teens. Facebook is used for communication between these classes of people, but also used to say what they want, so we thought. Today, people never know for sure exactly who is viewing their personal information online. Some college admissions personnel routinely check online profiles, of Facebook users, when deciding whether to accept a prospective student. (Lusted, 2011) Many employers do the same when trying to decide whether to hire applicants; and this is where the big issue of concern lies.

Today, when someone applies for a job, they are expected to re-vamp their Facebook profile and what he/she has put on there before applying for the job. Should this really be a requirement? A profile is about “you” as a person outside of your job. What is on your profile, whether its photos, quotes, likes/dislikes, or the language you use outside of work should not be judged via employment opportunities, it is your business, no one else’s. “Job hunters and recruiters are invading social-networking sites like Facebook”. (LaGesse, (2009)

Over 200 years ago when Benjamin Franklin was incorporating the first amendment of free speech he stated, “WITHOUT Freedom of Thought, the can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the Right of another. And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know.” (Bender, 1994) Now, how is this related to social-networking and free speech? It is definitely related, because it’s your profile, so the freedom of you as a person should be allowed on there. If someone does not like it, they do not have to look at it, that is what the privacy setting is for. Well, some places now want to invade this privacy and make it part of the application process, this is ridiculous!

Facebook should not be viewed as real life. It’s just the internet; it can be viewed at as a dollhouse, just pretend. It’s not an actual person’s life. There’s hundreds of thousands fake Facebook accounts. For these reasons, this is exactly why a FAKEbook shouldn’t affect anybody’s job or real life situations. A lot of the time a status or comment via Facebook can be posted by another person whom hacked into a person’s account.

Facebook should only affect the careers where you’re looked up to as a higher authority than others. Such as a CEO, boss figure; only because people will be constantly looking at your profile to pass judgment. So, just carefully choose what you say and what you post via Facebook or any social-networking site. For normal positions in a work place it really should not matter what your outside life is like if it isn’t affecting you or your job, then your outside life should be your outside life. Everyone is one person at work and a different person outside of work. And as long as you keep a professional attitude at work, work hard, and do your job correctly, then your outside/Facebook life should have no effect on your job.

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