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Amy Coleman on December 9, 2013
Social networking has become an incredibly important component to survivorship and we've long advocated for awareness around the use of social media to share details about people's individual cancer journeys. Findings from a new study out of Carnegie Mellon University, highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, seem to support this. This study found that between 10% and one third of US companies search social networking sites early on in the hiring process and furthermore, what's found could be used in a discriminatory way.
This study is the latest example of the wide reach and consequences that are part of sharing personal information online. While most employers that are hiring cite that they're only looking for evidence of a potential employee's unprofessional behavior, the possibility for discriminatory hiring decisions exists, whether completely unconscious or even intentional. While no prospective employer will delve into page fifteen of a Google search, we advise patients and survivors to have some sense about what comes up when they look themselves up online.