1.07 Hook Man: Morals and Social Media

Moral: a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do.

What a simplistic definition for just a complicated topic. Morals. We all have morals, right? Well, the singular “we” certainly hopes that the “collective we” does, anyway. Our morals go hand-in-hand with knowing right from wrong, and where our personal grey areas reside.

Kick a kitten? Not happening. Kick the person kicking the kitten? Oh, just try and stop me. 😡

There’s also a sense of fairness – a kitten is helpless in preventing itself from being kicked, while the person doing the kicking is making a choice – that accompanies our moral compass.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

We are bombarded by media – true, false, photoshopped – and it becomes difficult to wade through the muck. We keep making our choices, sticking to our guns, and carrying on. Right?

When you go to apply for a job today, one of the first things people do is look you up online. They want to see they “you” that you don’t show in an interview, the “you” that doesn’t translate in a well-written, heavily edited resume. The look at LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. All of your profiles have privacy settings, and you should use them. There is a line between our private lives and our work lives, but with social media, that line is easy to cross.

Now, if your social media profiles are showcasing your time spent building homes with Habitat for Humanity, then by all means make that public. People want to see your accomplishments, your work ethic, your skills in action. What they don’t want to see is your attempt at the Cinnamon Challenge:

David Kroll said it best: “The Cinnamon Challenge is this millennium’s version of your mother admonishing you with, “If someone tells you to jump off a cliff, would you?,” for taking on a dare from your friends.”

While participating in such an idiotic challenge is not a fireable offence, it may give an employer pause when they’re looking at your social footprint. For fireable offenses, I look no further than Pamela Ramsey Taylor’s “unintended racist comment” about First Lady Michelle Obama.

I’ll just leave that there for you.

This works the other way, too. You won’t find me working at Hobby Lobby any time soon, and if they had access to my private Facebook posts, I’m sure they wouldn’t want to hire me. Religion and morals are intertwined, and play a large role in our decisions on and offline. The thing to keep in mind is – what do you show on social media? How much of your private self do you want to be public?


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