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2017-02-07 06:02

In the quest for fame and fortune, many have opted to follow questionable and dangerous routes to get there.

With the rise, and constantly growing popularity, of social media, it would seem youngsters are engaging in activities with little regard to what viral fame could mean for their futures.

With videos, nude photos and other questionable material being shared and posted on various sites, the thrill of being in the spotlight for a few days may seem attractive to many.

Now, while you are young and have no cares in the world, it may not seem important, but do you think, as you move forward in pursuing a career, this is wise?

With all the benefits of social media, there are also several shortfalls and negative consequences – the biggest being a permanent record that will follow you for the rest of your life.

Even deleting or cleaning up your profiles is not enough, as social media sites allow for the downloading of content. This makes cross-platform sharing possible.

While this is how you get to go viral in the first place, it also means simply removing a post from your profile does not remove it from the worldwide web.

A potential employer can simply type your name into a search engine and find everything about you in a few clicks. And trust me, so many employers do this.

I am almost certain few employers (if any) – especially in a professional workplace – would take you seriously when applying for work.

You could forever be known as the bully girl or the cucumber girl or the nude girl and so on, a reputation that will not likely go away.

And while media coverage and hype will have teens who are seeking attention jumping at recording a simple little video, the consequences are not a factor until it is too late.

They say you can become anything you want to in life. So ask yourself: Is it worth it to throw your potentially bright future away for a bad reputation and a few moments of fame?

I think not.

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