Maybe HR’s concerns about employees misusing social media sites are unfounded. A recent survey says users are starting to be a lot more careful about who they’re “friending” and what they’re posting.
Social network users are getting a lot more careful about pruning and managing their accounts, according to research from Pew Internet:
- 63% of them have deleted people from their “friends” lists, up from 56% in 2009
- 44% have deleted comments made by others on their profile, and
- 37% have removed their names from photos that were tagged to identify them.
More than half of social networking site users (58%) say their main profile is set to private so that only friends can see it; 19% set their profile to partially private so that friends of friends can view it; and 20% say their main profile is set to be completely public.
Although this number might seem low to HR folks who’ve checked out job applicants on Facebook, only 11% of social network users say they’ve posted content they regret.
Males are almost twice as likely as females to profess regret for posting content (15% vs. 8%). Young adults are also more prone to say they regret some of their social media postings; 15% of users aged 18-29 say they have posted content they later regret, compared with just 5% of users who are 50 and older.