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Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Science |

Your photos of wild partying on Facebook is not a bad job performance involve

Your photos of wild partying on Facebook is not a bad job performance involve

(CC) Karim Amara

In this era of openness and not only the former partners may be snooping on your Facebook profile, but also your future employer. This is an increasingly common practice among companies by enabling them to observe the prospective employee unfolding socially without filters, without the pressure of being in the middle of a job interview for a job.

But, the question immediately arises about its true effectiveness. Or rather: If a prospective employee goes to their social networks as Facebook many photographs of wild play, does this imply something relevant about your job performance? Unfortunately, the answer is not yet clear.

A recent in the U.S. looked at 175 volunteers, which sought to determine if what they share in their social networks are a reflection of certain personality characteristics. To do this, we designed a study that sought to determine whether the five major personality traits (openness to new experiences, responsibility and self-discipline, extraversion, friendliness and emotional stability) can be detected from the Facebook activity of volunteers.

The study focused on two types of shared content, whether text or images: The criticism of peers and superiors (gossip or slanderer behavior), and references to drugs and alcohol. The hypothesis was that if a person much online gossip, should be less friendly and some conscientious, and if you post a lot about their habits regarding the use of drugs, should be more outgoing and less responsible.

The results were partly one would expect: indeed less kind people are gossiping, and although there was a trend toward irresponsibility, was not statistically significant. Regarding drug use, we found a correlation with extraversion, but none on the responsibility.

Although the study has a number of limitations, the authors are aware of that, so it should be investigated in more depth later. For now, what one can draw from the study is that what you share online does not necessarily represent your work performance.

Links:
Big Five Personality Traits Reflected in Job Applicants’ Social Media Postings (Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking)
Do Those bong photos on Facebook really translate to workplace habits? (Ars Technica)

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