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Cleaning Up Social Media Content for Careers


As social media has become a more pervasive part of everyday life, potential employers and recruiters are increasingly searching social media sites for information on candidates. As a result, the significance of the types of posts that are visible on a person's sites has become more pronounced. The Journal of the American Medical Association performed a study on medical students' social media postings, and discovered that 60% of medical schools reported "inappropriate" content on their students' sites. Despite advice from professionals and recruiters that medical students should "clean up" their content before applying for positions, most fail to do so. However, when one university taught its medical students about changing privacy settings, there was an 80% decrease in publicly accessible accounts.

Which of the following statements BEST explains the reason medical students fail to "clean up" their social media sites, but are more likely to change their privacy settings?


The students take their university professors more seriously than professionals and recruiters.


The students struggle to understand why their personal social content matters to prospective employers, but more easily understand the practicality of limiting its audience.


The students are not directly taught how to remove content from their sites, but are taught how to change the privacy settings, so they are more likely to do the latter.


Since there are rarely any consequences for "inappropriate" content on social media sites, students don't take warnings seriously; however, they are willing to follow directions in a class.


The students have been led to believe from an early age that everything they do is without consequence; however, they have also been taught to beware of stalkers.