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Bosses take fun out of Facebook

2012-11-26 14:52

London - Posting pictures of yourself plastered at a party and talking trash online with your Facebook friends may be more stress than it's worth now that your boss and mum want to see it all.

A survey from Edinburgh Business School released on Monday showed Facebook users are anxious that all those self-published sins may be coming home to roost with more than half of employers claiming to have used Facebook to weed out job candidates.

"Facebook used to be like a great party for all your friends where you can dance, drink and flirt," said Ben Marder, author of the report and fellow in marketing at the Business School.

"But now with your Mum, Dad and boss there, the party becomes an anxious event full of potential social landmines."

On average, people are Facebook friends with seven different social circles, the report found, with real friends known to the user offline the most common.

More than four-fifths of users add extended family on Facebook, a similar number add siblings.

Less than 70% are connected to friends of friends while more than 60% added their colleagues online, despite the anxiety this may cause.

Facebook has settings to control the information seen by different types of friends, but only one third use them, the report said.

"I'm not worried at all because all the really messy pics - me, drunken or worse - I detag straight away," said Chris from London, aged 30.

People were more commonly friends with former boyfriends or girlfriends than with current ones, the report also found.

Comments
  • Bertverlinde - 2012-11-26 15:39

    It's true, I do the same for every job application, it gives a pretty good insight into who that person really is. A job interview isn't worth anything until you get to know the employee and physically see them do their work. All applicants are always full of smiles and promises at the interview, facebook gives a quick peek at that person's personality. Has helped me make some good decisions.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-26 16:02

    I don't agree with this, some people exaggerate on their facebook so friends don't think they're a bore. What happened to good old interviews?

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-11-26 17:01

    Just put your privacy settings up...

  • joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-31 10:00

    Moral of the story? Maximum privacy and don't let your boss anywhere near your Facebook account. Although, I'd have a field day with a company that "weeded" me out for a job position based on the content of my Facebook page. Careful employers. ;)

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