Teens outrank adults in the use of social networking sites by 30%. But the popularity of social networking sites is not limited to teenagers. Currently, one-third of adults in the U.S. have a profile at a site like MySpace or Facebook. And this number is rising. In fact, the number of adults who utilize these sites has quadrupled since 2005, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s December 2008 tracking survey.
What are the consequences of this skyrocketing use? They can only be imagined. As we’ve posted about previously, employers are taking a hard line when they discover what they consider unacceptable conduct by employees. With more and more adults spending time on sites like Facebook and its more “grown-up” cousin, LinkedIn, it seems inevitable that there will be more and more terminations resulting to online conduct.