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Old 09-22-2015, 08:19 PM
 
Location: 48.0710° N, 118.1989° W
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A few friends and I were sitting around having a few cold ones and discussing ideas when I perked up and asked how they would respond if their employer told them they had 7 days to quit social media. Cold turkey....painstakingly delete every individual picture and post from their Facebook and instagram and twitter and blah blah blah other social media site and disable their account. Now of course I just thought of the employer as a conversation piece, but could you really do it? My friends claim they could, but I think a couple would have a really hard time. Think back to how you functioned without it before you knew it existed. I have no connections to any social media. You might find really old profiles under the name "crf450ish" if you googled it, but I assure you I am in no way connected to social media at all and I love it. It intrigues me how so many people are addicted to social media.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Not their business what you do on your own time.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:30 PM
 
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I agree with @froglipz here. It's my personality. And I know better what should I do.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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What would I do? Laugh in his face.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Depending on the state they could very well make such a request of you and discharge you if you fail to comply. They can make you wear green striped socks every day as a condition of employment.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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Do not do social media so not an issue exept, no employer is going to tell me what I can or cannot do outside of business hours.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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Many young people, particularly those seeking employment, do not seem to understand (or care?) that employers and supervisors across the country are already making or validating hiring, retention and promotion decisions based on social media.

Companies certainly aren't saying, "don't post on social media sites" -- It's one of their best and easiest sources of employee and potential employee information.

Those in your group who say they lack the will power to quit ... are probably the very ones who lack the will power to not regularly post inappropriate information -- or at least information they would not want their boss to see.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Do not do social media so not an issue exept, no employer is going to tell me what I can or cannot do outside of business hours.
Really?

You don't submit to drug tests? They don't mind if you're a child molester in your off-time? They don't mind if you're a drunk and stand on the corner naked on the weekends and get your picture in the paper?

You have a very understanding employer if they don't care what you do "outside of business hours".
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Depending on the state they could very well make such a request of you and discharge you if you fail to comply. They can make you wear green striped socks every day as a condition of employment.
They can only make you do what you collude to. I've been on both sides of that game. The point is the employer is an idiot if he thinks removing traces on the internet really removes traces. I wouldn't work for someone that stupid, or if I did I would demand a raise.

When drug testing became the rage (I don't do drugs) my response to "Do you think we should have random drug tests?" was "Sure, as long as the owner, CEO, and CFO are included." For some reason, we never had random drug testing.

I have some personal experience with a "request" similar to the one the OP posits, but involving ...err... an individual employed by a three letter govt. agency. He got royally shut down in his request by a retired West Pointer. You don't need any further information.
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:39 AM
 
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A few friends and I were sitting around having a few cold ones and discussing ideas when I perked up and asked how they would respond if their employer told them they had 7 days to quit social media. Cold turkey....painstakingly delete every individual picture and post from their Facebook and instagram and twitter and blah blah blah other social media site and disable their account. Now of course I just thought of the employer as a conversation piece, but could you really do it? My friends claim they could, but I think a couple would have a really hard time. Think back to how you functioned without it before you knew it existed. I have no connections to any social media. You might find really old profiles under the name "crf450ish" if you googled it, but I assure you I am in no way connected to social media at all and I love it. It intrigues me how so many people are addicted to social media.

I suppose your comment somehow posted itself, skynet style?
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