Report: Facebook Users 18-25 In Work Force Still Don’t Get It

By David Cohen 

Despite the fact that it’s difficult to go online these days without tripping over post after post after post after post about how Facebook and the employment part of people’s lives do not mix well, it’s also difficult to go online and not find studies showing that these warnings are being ignored, and the latest comes by way of AVG Technologies.

Some of the familiar statistics shared by AVG, from its survey of 4,400 18- to 25-year-olds in 11 countries, include:

  • Nearly one-quarter of Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 25 are friends with their bosses on Facebook.
  • The majority of respondents have never audited their online profiles or hidden potentially damaging content.
  • 13 percent of respondents admitted to posting content bashing their bosses or companies after bad days at work. Respondents from Italy were most likely to do so, at 18 percent, while serenity reigned in France and New Zealand, at 10 percent apiece.
  • More than one-half of respondents in the U.S. (58 percent), Australia (58 percent), the U.K. (57 percent), and Italy (57 percent) admitted to using their mobile devices to access social networks that are banned in their work places.
  • More than one-half of respondents in the U.S. (59 percent), Italy (58 percent), Spain (54 percent), Germany (51 percent), and France (50 percent) do not restrict what their work colleagues can see in their Facebook profiles.
  • Respondents from New Zealand (48 percent) and the U.K. (47 percent) were the most likely to have audited their social profiles, while the opposite was true for those in Spain (20 percent).
  • 80 percent of respondents from Spain most likely had inappropriate images posted online, with no other country coming close.
  • Content posted online by respondents was mentioned during job interviews for 15 percent of those from Italy, followed by the U.S. (13 percent), Spain (10 percent), and Australia (9 percent).

AVG Senior Security Evangelist Tony Anscombe said:

AVG’s latest research clearly shows that young people today have a comfort with using online social networks that is leading to blurring between their professional and private lives. It seems obvious that posting abusive content about a boss or workplace is not very sensible, but it’s important to understand that not only could it damage a person’s existing career, it could also negatively impact on future opportunities, too. Our research findings indicate that today’s 18- to 25-year-old “digital natives” need to be more aware of their online brand as something employers and recruiters are increasingly investigating.

Readers: How many times have you seen similar studies and advice?

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