Friday, December 11, 2009

New Survey Findings of Teens' Ethics

The seventh annual Junior Achievement/Deloitte Teen Ethics Survey focused on the ethical implications of the popularity of social networking. Here are some findings:
  • 88 percent of teens surveyed use social networks every day
  • 70 percent of teens say they participate in social networking an hour or more daily
  • 58 percent said they would consider their ability to access social networks at work when considering a job offer from a potential employer
  • 40 percent do not consider the potential reactions of college admissions officers when posting to social media sites
  • 38 percent do not consider the reactions of present or future employers
  • 30 percent do not consider their parents' reactions
  • 16 percent readily admitted to behavior that included posting content embarrassing to others, spreading rumors and pretending to be someone other than themselves and 54 percent said they later regretted doing so

According to Professor David W. Miller, ethicist and director of Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative: "The contemplation of how one's actions will be received by others is a hallmark of emotional and ethical maturity. A lack of consideration of how one's behavior will impact others suggests that teens need to be more mindful of the ramifications of their actions. If this lack of reflection continues into adulthood, it's a signal to employers that the workplace implications could be considerable."

What do you think? Should we be worried about the future generation of corporate America because of actions displayed on personal social media sites?

Read the full article here.

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