Social Media is the biggest phenomenon to hit the twenty-first century, and almost anyone who has an internet connection uses social media in some fashion. Social Media encompasses all aspects of online interaction-including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Blogs, and Chat rooms- where people have a forum to communicate with others around the world. In the age of technology, it is no wonder that governments and businesses are making changes, trying to catch-up. You can see these changes daily when you can easily find government information online, follow your local Congressman on Twitter, or ‘like’ the news station on Facebook. All these advances toward utilizing the World Wide Web has established links between the people and those who serve.
However, a question that needs to be addressed is how do we personally use social media in the workplace? There have been numerous cases where social media has been a serious problem for governments and employers. For instance, in May a young man serving on a Florida jury was removed from the court in handcuffs, and now faces charges of contempt in court. Why? Because the juror chose to update his Facebook, not only about having to serve on a jury, but also vocalizing personal opinions in reference to the case. While the man in Florida is not the only person to have made such a poor choice, the alarming fact is that in the last decade, “at least 90 verdicts nationally had been challenged over allegations of Internet-related juror misconduct, [and judges have] granted new trials or overturned verdicts in 28 criminal and civil cases.”
To read more about this case, follow the link here:
Florida juror removed in handcuffs, faces contempt charge over Facebook posting
Technology can be a great thing, but there are several negative implications to the use of social media in today’s society. A significantly negative flaw to social media is that it can be harmful to you without you even realizing it. Studies have shown that people using social media have a tendency to feel worse about themselves, and are less happy about where they are in life the more they use social media. Additionally, it has been reported that social media fuels psychological issues and eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. The more time someone dedicates to social media, the more harmful it can become. This is not to say that all social media is bad and that you should never use it; rather, it is to say that social media should be utilized in a positive reward type manner. For more information about social media impact as well as eating disorders, you can use the following links:
Social media helps fuel some eating disorders
National Eating Disorders Association
So, how exactly does social media influence you as you enter into a summer job, summer classes, or even into the work force after school? The best answer to this question is being a responsible user. Recent surveys have indicated that when asked to assess the impact of social media on their daily lives, nearly three-quarters of respondents between 18 and 34 ranked it of medium-high importance. However, there are certain skills that those of us classified as the Millennial Generation are lacking in reference to social media. Here are a few areas indicated as needing improvement by the Financial Post:
Knowing when to hit the bleep button
At our age, it is time to grow up and be responsible, which includes taking responsibility for what we say online. Using offensive language or posting derogatory comments about others is unprofessional and unacceptable in today’s world. Once you have posted something online, it is on the internet for everyone to see, so it is imperative that you choose your words wisely and remember that if you wouldn’t want your grandmother or your boss to read the post, then it’s probably a bad idea.
Using social media to actually save time
Many people use social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to stay in the loop about news, sports, and other various areas of interest. However, when it comes to the work place, many employers are shifting to utilizing social media to not only get the word out about their business but also save time amongst employees. It is important that you use social media as a tool of communication, not just catch up on the latest drama with friends or see what your Ex is doing. Social media has been used as a quick means of effectively getting work accomplished as you can respond in a chat or message board to your co-workers or even classmates, getting projects completed effectively.
As previously stated, social media is not just for seeing how many friends you can get or how many re-tweets, it can be used in a more positive manner to help you get that next job and know the right people. Social media sites such as LinkedIn are useful in connecting you to the right people as your network your way through the world. It is important to consider making those important connections now as a future investment. To read the full article by the Financial Post, click on the following link:
Beyond the selfie: There are some social media skills Millennials don’t have
Social media is a great thing for people to communicate with old friends and meet new ones, but like anything else, has its flaws. Use social media in a positive manner by following the right people on Twitter to stay informed, friend request those who will maybe offer you a job one day, and monitor how much you gripe about your school work. Making social media work for you will not only keep you happy, but make a difference in how you perceive the world around you. To increase your success, and hopefully your overall happiness, it is important that you consider the significance of your digital footprint now and make the necessary changes for your future.