Study: Facebook Posts Costing Young People Their Jobs

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – More than ever, posting photos or comments on social media is costing young people their jobs at an alarming rate.

A new study found that one in 10 people between the ages of 16 and 34 have been turned down for a job because of their social-media activity. CBS News reports that the study, which was done by On Device Research, concluded that 10 percent of young people are rejected from jobs because of their social-media profiles – even though another 66 percent of young people don’t care that their Facebook and Twitter accounts might be hurting their career prospects.

“If getting a job wasn’t hard enough in this tough economic climate, young people are getting rejected from employment because of their social media profiles and they are not concerned about it,” Sarah Quinn, On Device Research’s marketing manager, said in a statement.

The findings come at a time when more states have established laws to protect people from being fired because of their social-media profiles.

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