Millennials Will Remain Active on Social Networking Sites

Gen Y will continue to share personal information on social
media sites despite security risks, the persistent objections of employers and
the repeated warnings of recruiters, according to a newly released study by the Pew Research Center’s
Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s
Imagining the Internet
Center.

Millennials Will Remain Active on Social Networking SitesSixty-seven percent of the 895 technology stakeholders and
critics who participated say the communications patterns of these "digital
natives" have become ingrained and will carry forward, even as Millennials
age, form families and move up the economic ladder. Only 29 percent believe
they’ll find new interests and commitments while their enthusiasm for information
sharing will abate.

"The experts also expressed hope that society will be
more forgiving of those whose youthful mistakes are on display in social media
such as Facebook picture albums or YouTube videos," wrote Janna Quitney Anderson and Lee Rainie in an article summarizing
the survey on the Pew Research Web site.

Maybe that’ll happen down the road. In the meantime, did you
hear about the CNN editor who
was fired for a controversial Tweet? And many companies still prohibit
employees from visiting social networking sites during work, while others check
out candidates online before extending offers. Gen Y may be changing the
workplace, but unless you can afford to lose your job and be out of work for
awhile, it’s still a good idea to keep your opinions to yourself and avoid
sharing videos of your Saturday night activities.

Should employers care about the social networking activities
of employees? Do the current policies prohibit free speech? Share your
thoughts.

— Leslie Stevens-Huffman

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