Ghosts on Social Media
Are you afraid of ghosts? You should be if you post carelessly on social media. Consider this: You snap a funny shot of the school’s new soccer coach bending over. Your friends think it is hilarious. The next season, you try out for the team and discover that the coach isn’t excited about having you on the team.
She is concerned about your ability to show proper respect for the sport. You might be haunted by that old picture you posted the year before.
Or you go to a concert and post a comment about the fans dancing idiotically in front of the stage.
Months pass and you don’t think much about the posting… until you ask a bunch of kids at school what they’re doing that night. Someone says with a huff, “We’re going to go do some idiotic dancing,” before the group walk away from you.
Ah, yes, the ghost of social media past has come back to haunt you again.
You never know when a ghost will strike.
Some college applicants get haunted when colleges come across rude or even harassing behavior online.
Others find out when applying for a job that an old insult scares employers out of giving them a great job.
Most commonly, these ghosts jump out at you when what you say online doesn’t match what happened in reality.
It doesn’t even have to be your social media that gets you into trouble.
You tell a friend that you can’t hang out with her because you are studying when later another friend posts a picture of you and her shopping at the mall.
Hurt feelings are bad enough, but people may stop trusting you. Ghosts can really jump out of nowhere. They can haunt friendships for years to come.
The only way to prevent your social media from haunting you is to be smart. When you want to share an activity or a thought, remember that others may share your post and that it could be seen by people in the future.
There are enough scary forces in the world. Don’t let your social media history come back to haunt you.