Facebook (News - Alert) used to be a fun place where friends could connect to share party pictures and inside jokes. Now that employers and parents are on Facebook, many people feel like the party is over. Back then, you didn’t have to have an anxiety attack every time you received a notification that a friend had tagged you in a picture. It was something to look forward to, not dread.
The University of Edinburgh Business School conducted a study of over 300 Facebook users. In the report, it revealed that there were more than a few potential Facebook faux pas that one must be careful to avoid.
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55 percent of parents are friends with their children on Facebook. Over half of employers have not hired someone based on information found on Facebook. Besides parents and employers, those surveyed worried as their circle of friends grew outside of their circle of close friends. The survey found that the larger one’s group of Facebook friends became, the more stress that one had over posting something that may potentially offend one of those people like drinking, smoking, or swearing.
Although one should always exercise common sense in posting on Facebook, it seems like for the party to continue, it is important to keep it intimate, rather than allowing acquaintances of acquaintances be invited.
One should not make posts that are completely shameless, but one should not have to be so careful with Facebook as to have to consult Emily Post before updating one’s status or albums. The moral of the study is to keep it simple: keep your privacy settings strong, only accept friends who are actually your friends (and will, you know, accept you for who you are), and take advantage of the options to share and exclude with certain groups and people.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman