Do you wonder what life would have been like if you had had twitter as a teen?
Hubby and I were having this discussion the other evening and think could have been a car crash, especially for me.
As a teen or young adult you don’t have the life experience and restraint you do as you get older – at least I didn’t.
I very much wore my heart on my sleeve as a youngster and will openly admit I had a pretty shocking time of it. I wonder how much I would have “over-shared” in my emotive state and would it still affect me now?
As a parent of teens I see fall outs happen over social media all the time and it’s not just the kids – it’s adults too. I am all for a good debate and understand that not all of us share the same opinions and outlook on life, but berating each other for their own personal choices is just not on.
I see jealousy around every corner, “keeping up with the Jones'” just got bigger and god forbid someone doesn’t get invited on a night out or even an impromptu meet up at the park. You think toddlers have spectacular meltdowns – just wait until they are teenagers with all those hormones surging through their bodies. I have had to “advise” my teens to remove certain posts from Facebook or not get involved before now.
Hubby is a manager in retail and tells me it is now common place for potential employers to check the social media accounts of their applicants, which is quite scary when you think about it.
What could they find?
A tendancy to go out and get plastered every night? Certainly not a good advert for someone turning up to work on time, if at all, but I am pretty sure we have all done it at some point or another.
Someone living for the weekend – certainly won’t suit a job in retail that requires weekend working and constant updates every minute / hour of the day – could they live without their smartphone?
Questionable photographs, way out there political views, there is so much information at our fingertips these days, could it really cost you a job? I think it could – the same as someone having tattoos around their face and neck – it would put potential employers off.
If an employer does that, would a potential boyfriend / girlfriend do it too? What would put you off a potential partner – history, cad like behaviour etc
Before hubby and I were married we split up for a time and I fully admit I tore myself apart checking what he was up to and who he was talking to on myspace at the time. It’s all very well the local gossips filling you in but if its in black and white and seeing someone apparently moving on with their life without you is heartbreaking – this is what our teens see in triplicate.
I do wonder if we would have achieved what we have with the distraction of social media where we are tied to how many Instagram likes and followers we have every day – would we have even met if we’d had a phone glued to our hand?
How do you think you’d have handled social media as a teen and do you think we should be doing more to warn them of the perils?