Negative Impact Of Facebook

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Facebook’s self-proclaimed mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Since launching in 2004, Facebook has cemented itself as a worldwide phenomenon. Statista, an internet statistic company that provides a tool for researching quantitative data, statistics and related information, acknowledges, “[a]s of the first quarter of 2016, Facebook had 1.65 billion monthly active users…, [making it] …the biggest social networking service based on a global reach…” (Statista). Individuals use Facebook in various ways such as sharing information, advertising, promoting themselves, staying in touch with friends and relatives, following public figures, uploading photos, and posting personal feelings. Conventional…show more content…
When applying for a job before Facebook was created, first impressions were made during interviews with eye-contact and a firm handshake. However, employers have learned that Facebook enables them to observe potential employees and generate first impressions much sooner. According to the Society For Human Resource Management, a globally recognized human resources society that develops and serves human resource professionals, “[a]bout 77 percent of companies are using social networking sites to recruit candidates for specific jobs…” (Segal). Most businesses employ Facebook to screen potential employees and discover that many of their pages contain unprofessional and inappropriate content such as hate speech, degradation of previous employers, and unsuitable photos. Consequently, this creates a negative perception of the candidate, and makes for a poor first impression. Lauren Witte, associate director of marketing and client services at Jackson White Attorneys at Law in Mesa, Arizona, conveys “I understand having a few unflattering photos…, perhaps some of them unknowingly, but when an applicant has a profile picture of them flipping off the camera or doing a keg stand, we are probably going to throw their resume into the recycling bin” (Helmrich). Ultimately, when companies notice this distasteful content, the chance at a career opportunity ceases. Conversely, some may argue that Facebook can help people’s chances at career opportunities. Brad Schepp, co-author of How To Find A Job On LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+, suggests, “[j]ob seekers who are silent or invisible online may be at a disadvantage. They need to engage on social networking sites to increase their visibility and searchability with prospective employers” (Smith). It is true that individuals can make themselves more visible to employers on
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