Impacts of a Digital Footprint on Future Opportunities
An impact your digital footprint may have on your future is when applying for a job. When applying for a coveted job position, many other applicants will want that job too. It will be a very tough choice for the employer to decide who to employ and who to reject. Additionally, it is important to add that when applying for a coveted job, other applicants will have almost the same level of capability as you. Furthermore, the employer has a very tough choice to make so he will most likely look at the people themselves. However, instead of an interview, he will search up your name on the web and see if you have anything questionable posts. If the employer finds any posts that are a bad representation of what a good digital footprint is, he/she will most likely reject you for the job. This is very sad because it could have been a bad post 5 years ago that is haunting you in the future. According to The Career Builder, 63% of hiring managers decide not to hire an applicant because of something they found questionable on a social networking site. This whole concept/impact can be applied to other opportunities such as, college, clubs, societies, and any other application based system.
Another impact your digital footprint may have is when making new friends. When making new friends your digital footprint is very important because it almost defines who you are these days. If you post something good like an award you received, your new friend’s interest in you will greatly increase. This is good because, in the future, friends are vital for getting knowledge and learning about new opportunities. On the contrary, if you post something bad like a picture of you doing illegal things, your friend’s opinions on you will change negatively. Sometimes this can even make them avoid you. Also, if you post something embarrassing of yourself, you can become an outcast with no friends which is not ideal for the future. Having no friends is bad for your future opportunities because friends are vital for getting knowledge and learning about new opportunities as I stated above.
Summary of Impacts
Your digital footprint is accessible by almost anyone who has the ability to go on to the internet, which is quite common these days. This fact means that before you post anything on the internet, you should think about how it could affect people’s opinions on you. Some posts are very positive for people’s opinion on you, however, some are not. It is very important to always THINK before posting. This is the case because a post is like a tattoo. Once it is on, it is extremely difficult to remove. Overall, a digital footprint isn’t a bad thing, only if you make it one.
Strategies to Keep your Digital Footprint Safe
- Keep your account private on all social media accounts. Search on another person device your account, and see what information random people can see. Once you are comfortable with what random people can see, you are finished.
- Delete old social media accounts if possible because they will follow you your entire life. Although deleting it won’t completely wipe your past online activity, it will make it way harder for people to find your past/child self.
- Lastly, prevent any negative things from happening by THINKing. If you THINK before you post, your digital footprint will be safe. Additionally, you will be proud of your footprints.
Advice to Give my Past Self
If I were to give advice to my past self about digital footprints I would tell him to not post anything embarrassing or unnecessary. Firstly, I would tell him not to post anything embarrassing so that my present self wouldn’t have to deal with the problems of having embarrassing things about me on the internet. Secondly, I would tell him to not post anything unnecessary because every time you post, your footprint path gets longer and longer. This can lead to more things adding up that are negative to my digital footprint. I could explain these things to my past self by showing him the problems I encountered because of him.