The Perils of Facebook

Facebook can be dangerous

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

When I see teenagers and children publishing self-destructive information online, I understand, sort of.  They have little or no comprehension of the harm they are doing to their future careers.  But when I see adults do the same, I am flummoxed. 

Nonetheless, the need to tell certainly outweighs the will to restrain oneself for many American adults and all one need do is to have a Facebook account to witness adults making fools and worse, targets, of themselves on a daily basis.

As a non-drinker, I wonder what goes through the minds of some of my FB acquaintances when they post online their daily drinking habits---some of whom consume beer, wine and hard liquor combined on a daily basis.  Don't they understand that potential employers are performing routine internet searches on prospective job candidates----even on freelancers?

I heard on public radio last week that the I.R.S. is using Facebook to find tax scofflaws and it's perfectly legal.  I'm not advocating tax evasion----I'd rather overpay my taxes to avoid an audit and frequently do so.  But if I were evading taxes I wouldn't write about it on the internet or anywhere else for that matter.

That said, a new study shows divorce lawyers are finding Facebook to be a new and juicy motherlode of ammunition to use against the other side in divorce cases. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

In a new survey,  81 percent (of divorce lawyers) say they've seen an increase in the use of Facebook and other social networking sites for evidence in divorce cases. Notes to lovers, compromising photos -- Facebook provides a wealth of incriminating information. 

Are people really that, er, self-destructive, ignorant perhaps?