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Statistics 10 Tips:
Think About Your Future!
About Social Media
83% of individuals ages 18-29 have a social
media account.
Do colleges really look at social media accounts? 10 tips for becoming smarter and safer social
The answer is YES! media users:
77% ages 30-49 1. Limit information setting.
Well…. Who’s really looking? 2. Withhold optional personal information.
52% ages 50-64
3. Use pseudonyms or alternate required personal
àAbout 35% of admission officers have checked
There are 2.3 billion active social media applicants’ social media accounts. information.
users. àThe top three social media sites these officers check 4. Limit online friends and fans.
are: 5. Think of the general public as your audience.
Facebook is the largest social media site 1. Facebook 6. Consider the possible consequences before posting
with 1,870 million users. 2. Twitter information online.
7. Remember that anything you post will stay online
3. Instagram
1 million new active mobile social users are indefinitely.
àThose who do check social media say it has influenced
added every day – that’s 12 each second! their views on applicants. 8. Monitor your online content.
9. Change passwords frequently.

Snapchat hits 10 billion daily video views. 10. Use common sense online.

In the U.S., Instagram is the fastest growing Do’s & Don’t’s of Social Media Personal Privacy & Mental Health
Do Post
social networking site with over 400 million
1. Add pictures of awards or trophies. Keeping our pages on private not only protects us from
active users. certain dangers on social media, it can help in terms of our
2. Promote start up clubs, fundraisers, or
organizations. mental health as well. As we know, privacy is the control of
66% of marketers say that social media is
3. Promote positivity and good behavior! who has access to information about the self. By
essential to their marketing strategies. establishing a safe and private network, multiple
4. Network yourself, professionally!
23% of Facebook users log in at least five You’re responsible for what you put out there. psychological functions are improved:
Don’t Post
times per day. Ø Personal Autonomy
1. Pictures of drugs/alcohol (or do them for that
matter!). o Allows us to be free from manipulation by others and
2. Oversexualized pictures. thus have more control over our own lives and
3. Viral video attempts. outcomes.
4. Humiliating or publicly shaming others. Ø Emotional Release
5. Personal information (address, phone number). o This is shown from the demands of impression
6. Obscene language. management and emotion regulation that go along
with life within a social group. When in a private space,
Dangers of Social Media we are able to experience “down time.”
Ø Self-Evaluation
o Providing a space to process and evaluate experiences
Stranger Danger! and find meaning in them, as well as to plan for the
Location! future.
Beware of Hidden Information in Photos! Ø Limited and Protected Communication
Cyberbullying! o Sets boundaries, and for people within our boundaries,
this can help to build our trust and intimacy.
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