Facebook Games – Play with Caution

Do you participate in games on Facebook? Did you hear the news this week about the breach that allows 3rd parties to access your Facebook ID? The Wall Street Journal did an investigation and shut down the offending sites. Apparently Farmville, Frontierville, and a few others were at issue. Around 70% of Facebook users apparently participate in these activities.

The bigger question for me is “how do employers feel about these games?” I know that when I had a person from high school who I hadn’t spoken to in decades friend me, I thought it was cool. Until I realized all she was interested in was gaming. I shut the games off, but I’m still her friend on FB.

That being said I’ve seen other people who only play games on Facebook and I’m scratching my head wondering if employers see this activity as a “time suck.” Do recruiters perceive these people as time wasters if all they do is play games? I don’t know. Maybe I’m being judgmental. But on the other hand, if I question it, maybe others do too. Are games better or worse than those who just post status updates and share goofy videos?

All I’m saying is, if you’re looking for a job and you participate in games on Facebook, and no one is returning your calls for a job, that may be the issue. Comments from employers and game players are welcome. I’d certainly like to know.

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