Facebook Increases Job Unemployment
Remember the night you posted a degrading status about your boss because of a bad day at work? The specifics may seem vague to you, but with new technology, everyone including your job employer can now see how un-responsible you were the night that you posted that status. This happened just because of a single misleading post on Facebook. This woman, for example, recently started working for a company and did not know she had added her boss on Facebook prior to the post. (Mark) (Applicant.com/how-to-lose-a-job-via-Facebook)
She used Facebook to harass her boss without realizing the consequences for posting things that cause offense to others. This happened to her by a chance, but with most major companies now using face recognition technology, advanced data base searches, and background checks as a basic pre-screening requirement, the chances of getting fired for being irresponsible on the Internet are higher now than ever before.
Since the rise of social media websites, most major companies now do background checks on all of their current and new employees on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This is done to eliminate everyone who misuses the Internet and breaks company policies, such as: promoting illegal drugs, wild drinking, or even judging ones sexuality, such as the woman who degraded her boss over Facebook. In these background checks, they make sure every employee, who is active online, keeps themselves well represented and professional at all times. These checks are not only required once the person is hired, but they are also repeated to make sure each employee is responsible online. In Nick Carr’s, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” he states how people use the Internet as a universal medium for information, and relies on it as a main source of knowledge as well. People have a choice on what sources they use, and, as technology advances more and more, people are using the Internet more than ever before. This actually contributes to the negative affects of having a job and a Facebook at the same time, because, as more people use the Internet, it is more likely there will be negative things online, which can be seen by their company. As he later describes, people use the Internet so much that it shapes their thought process for everything Internet related in their lives. Not only does this lead people to make stupid decisions, such as posting things that are not necessary on the Internet, but also can cause them to lose their jobs by doing so. Many times the power social media sites is taken for granted by people who misuse it. With background checks increasing as more people use the Internet, employees need to re-evaluate how they use their social media sites, as misuse can lead to having no job in the future.
Many companies are now also catching their employees doing wrongful things on the Internet with face recognition technology. This new feature allows companies who are hiring new employees to check their Facebook or Twitter and detect if they are hiding anything that the company should know about. Face recognition matches up the facial features of each individual person and locates them on social media sites without the need to even type in any name. This is very useful because many people are now trying to outsmart their companies by changing their names online, or even making fake accounts to become temporarily undetectable. With the simple click of a button, companies can find the true identity behind any fake accounts made by their employees, or anything associated with their picture beside it. By adding this to the pre-screening requirement many companies are catching people cheating and lying to them, and they can weed out the people they see as unfit for the job. With social media sites being used more frequently around the world, companies are becoming stricter as to whom they hire for jobs and can detect the misfits by using face recognition technology.
When job employers look for someone to hire, they not only look at the individual themselves, but everyone involved in that persons life, such as their family, friends, or even past co-workers. This method is done with advanced data base searches that are only used to check on everything related to that person. It is almost like a Google of the job employer world, as one can say. All they have do is type in your name, and everything is accessible from, your childhood elementary school, to your personal cell phone number, even as vague as who your friends with on Facebook. The main reason is to justify the person’s honesty for a company and to double check that all of the information given to them is actually correct. In James Bowman’s article “Is Stupid Making Us Google,” he states that the mentors have betrayed their pupils and have not taught them how to properly use the Internet. This is moderately true because most people who are getting out of college and applying for jobs do not know of the dangers of being on a social media site with degrading status’s and pictures on it. In today’s world, having a bad reputation online is one of the first things job employers look at next to education. Almost every time someone is looking to apply for a new job, they are accepting the fact that their entire life is being looked at online, no matter what they put on paper. Many times, it is better to stay away from the Internet as a whole than trying to hide something from someone who can potentially be paying your salary. I, personally, also feel myself trying to avoid the Internet as much as possible now, because the risk of not having a job over one post or picture just does not seem worth it to me.
As companies are slowly using technology to benefit themselves, the same is not always said for the employees they hire. As for the woman who used the power of the Internet to shame her boss, or anyone who tries to hide, steal, or show themselves as someone they are not on the Internet, the potential outcome is surely not worth the risk. With advanced database searches, face recognition technology, and background checks, the chances of your company finding you doing something wrong over the Internet is slowly turning from a misconception, into a dreading reality for many.