The Future. As the first generation to grow up with social media, Gen Z has their whole lives documented online. This can ruin their professional aspirations since employers can take Gen Zers’ personal lives into consideration in the hiring process. To succeed in their careers, Gen Z may have to wipe the slate clean.
Work = play
A Greek economist listed the unique professional challenges facing Gen Z.
- Any posts can be used against Gen Z during job interviews, especially political views that weren’t necessarily visible to employers in previous generations.
- This hyper-visibility to employers forces young people to curate their appearance based on their career aspirations many years before they enter the workforce, which makes them grow up faster.
- Gen Z’s social relationships are also affected by career pressures, because the social media activity of a person’s friends can include them and reflect poorly on them in the eyes of a potential employer.
The only ways for Gen Zers to insulate themselves from such consequences are to delete their early history on social media or to delete those accounts entirely.
As if we needed another reason to ditch social media for something real.