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Better East Texas: Social media pitfalls

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Some recent market research found a majority of the adult population uses Facebook or some sort of social media multiple times a day.

We’d like to think that selfies and postings and likes and shares are all kept in a tight little digital basket that we can empty if we choose. But that is just not the case. Perhaps you saw the video of NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.

What should have been an exciting time for this young man was tarnished by the release of a video of him taking a hit from what appeared to be a bong. It was released on his social media account and he said his account was hacked. The video caused him to fall in ranking in the draft which will ultimately cost him millions of dollars in a contract as well as possibly send him into the NFL drug treatment program.

It is a message to all the young people out there that seem to capture everything on their cell phone. Videos like that one or ones that are embarrassing do live on forever and they will come back to haunt you – if not now, at some point in the future when you are serious about a job or other personal opportunity. The message is, don’t act stupid and then don’t video it if you do.

It may not cost you millions of dollars but it could cost you your dream job or a dream date because background checks through social media have never been easier to conduct and nor more damaging.

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