While working out tonight, I was chatting with my trainer who is 23 years old. He recently graduated college and is working as a personal fitness trainer while he endures the application process of the Central Intelligence Agency. I told him that it's my son's 20th birthday today and he suddenly remembered that today is also his best friend's birthday. I asked him how, in today's day, he could forget anyone's birthday. After all, we have FaceBook to thank for our weekly birthday reminders, don't we? What he said next really surprised me.
He told me he doesn't have a FaceBook account. He deleted it because of his application to work for the CIA. How very mature of him, I thought. Yet, I couldn't resist asking why he doesn't just keep the FB account and post items that reflect positively on himself. You know, "use it for good, not evil." He hadn't really considered doing that and at that point I was clearly stalling for more time to rest between sets and he knew it, so we moved on.
But I'm still thinking about it...
Even if he kept his FB account and posted positively AND kept everything else private, with the new FB privacy changes, his profile picture, friends list and fan pages are all still public. He can control what he posts, but not what his friends post. How might that affect his job prospects? How might that affect anyone's?