The Validity of Social Media-Based Career Information
Sampson, J. P., Osborn, D. S., Kettunen, J., Hou, P., Miller, A. K., & Makela, J. P. (2018). The Validity of Social Media-Based Career Information. Career Development Quarterly, 66 (2), 121-134. doi:10.1002/cdq.12127
Published inCareer Development Quarterly
© 2018 by the National Career Development Association.
The use of social media expands the availability and sources of career information. However, the authorship of this information has changed from traditional print media and multimedia sources created by experts to social media–based career information created by the users themselves. Although variability in career information validity has been an issue for some time, rapid growth in the use of social media creates some unique challenges. The ease with which social media–based career information can spread creates the potential for rapid widespread dissemination of disinformation and biased perceptions. Potential sources of invalidity include intentional bias (with or without profit motive), unintentional bias, restricted range of experience, out‐of‐date information, popularity bias, similarity bias, and context deficiency. The authors examine potential sources of social media–based career information invalidity and suggest implications for practice to help individuals make the best use of such information. ...