By Erik Sherman
You’ve heard the stories of employees fired for social media posts: rants about work, remarks about supervisors, or photos in compromising situations. But many people don’t realize how what’s on Facebook, Twitter and other services can keep them from getting hired — particularly those between the ages of 16 and 34.
According to a new study from market analyst firm On Device Research, 1 in 10 young job seekers have lost a job opportunity because of their social media profiles. In the U.S. alone, the total was 8 percent among those 16 to 24 years old and 5 percent for those 25 to 34 years old.
Chances are those percentages will grow, as 70 percent of the young American surveyed said they were not concerned that their social media use could hurt their career prospects. A whopping two-thirds said that the possibility of social media having an impact on their future careers wouldn’t keep them from using it.
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