They're Coming For The Kids Now
If you read the book Blind Side, rather than just saw the movie, you know that there is a significant business in the US scouting high school AND junior high school kids for professional sports, especially football. And basketball. And baseball. And hockey, too.
Yes. There are grown-ups making money going to high school and junior high school football games all across the US and making videotapes of kids and talking about their skills, and of course their potential. They are looking for talent, and they are evaluating that talent. Size, and speed, and social situation, and family situation, and genetics, and academic ability, and habits, and learning ability.
Recoil all you want, but it's happening. Horstman's Ninth Law: Embrace reality.
So why, then, is ANYONE surprised that major corporations who recruit on major campuses are looking at candidates' social media profiles? I hear parents and college kids saying "it's wrong" all the time (while they themselves vet others whom THEY meet). This is the sound of regret, not of a moral argument.
I would do it. And have. (I've never learned anything that bothered me, but I'm way picky way before I would get to that stage).
Does that bother you? That young college kids are being evaluated in this way?
Folks, that's old news. You are behind the curve.
College seniors are (young) ADULTS. It's reasonable to expect them to know better, if for no other reason than they are about to get paid like adults. No, whom we are talking about NOW...is high school kids.
Roughly a quarter of the top 500 colleges in the US review the social media profiles of high school students who are applying to their college. The bleeding edge (right now) of social media vetting is at the high school level.
I would do it if I were at Harvard, or Northwestern, or USMA, or Georgia Tech, or Champaign-Urbana. Some kid is a bully and touts it on his FB page? Some kid gets drunk when underage and then brags about it on his FB page? I know kids drink and do stupid things. But bragging about it - and that's what they're doing when they share it with social media - that's something I think crosses a line I think I can draw.
Publicizing one's life is the same thing as making it public.
Can kids still be kids? Sure they can. Can they make kid errors? Sure they can.
But they can't publicize them and then ask us to not draw conclusions.