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1 in 10 young people denied jobs due to social media use

11. Social Media (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

According to a new survey conducted by On Device Research, 1 in 10 people aged 16 to 34 have been turned down for a job because of something they have posted on a social media website.

“If getting a job wasn’t hard enough in this tough economic climate, young people are getting rejected from employment because of their social media profiles and they are not concerned about it,” On Device Research’s marketing manager Sarah Quinn said in a statement.

Teens Social Media Use

(On Device Research)

At the same time, two thirds of those surveyed said they are not concerned that their use of social media now could harm their future career prospects, and they are not deterred from using it.

Young people surveyed also were more likely to have designed their social media profiles to appeal to their friends, rather than prospective employees.