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Study: 25 percent of young adults regret social media posts

July 29, 2013

Posting emotionally charged or questionable content on social media sites can come back to haunt you during your job search, reports.

According to the legal-information website, 29 percent of young adults, ages 18 to 29, reported that they have published a photo, comment or other personal information to a social media network that they fear could compromise their current or future job prospects.

While 75 percent of 18 to 34 year olds have removed something to avoid a “negative reaction” from an employer or prospective employer, only 36 percent of adults, ages 35 to 64, report that they have deleted content.

“Taking down or removing a post or photo may not be enough, as the information may continue to live on in other parts of the Internet,” Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney/editor with, said in a release. “It’s best to assume that anything that you post could live on the Internet forever, and to think accordingly before hitting the ‘Post’ button."



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