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Social media regrets and how employers can use them against you
By: Stephanie Guadian
EL PASO, Texas - A new study found one in four young adults regret some of their social media posts. FindLaw.com surveyed people who use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and other popular social media sites.
Jesus Moreno is a student at New Mexico State University.
"I had an internship this past summer, and you start thinking about the stuff you post, so I am definitely a little bit more careful," he said.
Moreno will soon try to impress a potential employer and admits he's gone back and deleted some posts on his Facebook account.
According to the FindLaw.com survey, 29 percent of people aged 18-34 fear photos, comments or other personal information shared on social media could prevent them from landing a job or cause them to be fired.
NMSU student Marisa Oberdorfer is careful about what she posts, but said she is often surprised by what other people share online.
There are definitely people who post inappropriate stuff sometimes and I just wonder if they are aware of that, because if people are posting things with drugs and alcohol and they use their real name, it's really easy for people to see that. I don't think people realize that," said Oberdorfer.
Employment experts at El Paso's Upper Rio Grande said more and more employers are using social media to screen job applicants. They suggest using your accounts to your advantage by keeping things positive and thinking before you post. You may not be friends with people at work, your boss or potential employer, but that doesn't mean you are safe. Your comments and pictures could still be seen through the accounts of friends.
Another tip is to check your privacy settings often.
"There have been times even with the privacy settings, people have somehow been able to friend request me. People I don't even know," said NMSU student Scott Anderson.
The authors of the FindLaw.com survey suggest limiting personal information when registering for a social media account. And if you believe you were wrongfully fired for something you posted, seek legal help.