It may be hard to remember a time when sharing pictures online of what you ate for dinner or tagging your co-workers in the latest memes wasn’t a part of everyday life, but in 2005, just 5% of U.S. adults used at least one social media platform. In contrast, by 2019, social media use among Americans had grown to 72%.

With more than 7 in 10 people logged into social media, and over half using platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat on a daily basis, you might find it difficult to control who sees your content. Not only are your grandparents likely keeping tabs on your posts, but you may find your boss and colleagues scrolling through your feed too. Funny pet videos are one thing, but how open do we want to be about our relationships, political affiliation, or life outside the office?

Believe it or not, studies suggest letting employees use social media during work hours can benefit their overall productivity, but what happens when your co-workers (or even boss) decide they want to follow you online, too?

For a closer look at how people manage their social media work-life balance, we surveyed over 1,000 employees about their self-censorship behaviors online. Keep reading to see how normal it is to be followed online by colleagues, how often we censor our posts, and the lengths we’re willing to go to ensure that co-workers can’t see everything.

Keeping Track of Accounts

Most experts will tell you one thing is absolutely crucial to work success, but it may have little to do with your overall performance: building relationships. Like it or not, no one works on an island, and building functional, effective relationships with peers and co-workers is often pivotal for whatever you’re trying to accomplish.

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