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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:47

Social Media: A Hindrance To A Bright Future

Written by  Rusty Shakelton

 In a matter of weeks, the likes of Sergeal Petersen, Sean Robinson and Quinton de Kock have transformed from your average rambunctious teen, into professional sportsmen competing at the highest level.

 Social-Media-Sports Suddenly, their every movement is scrutinized; they’re unable to enjoy the freedom of their peers. Essentially, they’re not permitted to be ‘young and dumb’.

Hindsight is as amusing as it is cringe-worthy and if experience tells us anything, it’s that we can all look back on these years with varying degrees of embarrassment.


Unfortunately for the current generation, in an age of social media and constant interaction, the statements and pictures left on these platforms can come back to haunt their authors in years to come.

The exuberance of youth often leads to typically controversial, ironic or risqué viewpoints and whilst the seriousness of online profanity, discrimination and bullying has seen widespread prosecution in the United States and Britain; the South African public as a whole are somewhat oblivious to the repercussions of Twitter and Facebook.


Off the field, studies show that potential employers are no longer relying on interviews and CV’s when viewing the suitability of a candidate. Social media is highly scrutinized and often proves to be the decisive factor. It would thus be advisable for potential professionals (in both the sporting and business spheres to take a mature approach before posting. The critical question being: Is this how I want to be portrayed and how will this affect my future.    What are your thoughts/?