Social Media Erasing the Ivy League Advantage

Twitter bird shockedFor many years, it was considered highly enviable to attend an Ivy League or other top rated university. Graduates enjoyed social prestige and better job opportunities. Then universities started changing their admissions standards to account for factors other than strictly merit achievement. Left-wing admission panels started favoring applicants with preferred backgrounds, such as activism in the Peace Corps or members of a preferred minority group.

As some students were admitted beyond their level of achievement, they started dropping out in increasing numbers. The politically correct universities started to look a little sheepish. But for the most part, people still looked up to them. Those students who had worked hard throughout their grade school years in order to achieve high grades, but who were from poor, Republican backgrounds, could not compete anymore with the privileged children of wealthy, left-wing activist parents, who were now considered the ideal applicants at elite universities.

Fortunately, something emerged to drastically diminish this inequity: the emergence of social media. No longer could young people promoted beyond their abilities quietly attend an elite university and seamlessly transition into a CEO or other top job. Their every thought became publicly broadcasted over Twitter, Facebook  and other social media platforms 24 hours a day. Millennials and subsequent generations are growing up “wired” to use social media constantly. Instead of hiding behind a lofty degree, their most intimate thoughts – even if formed while inebriated in the middle of the night – are now on display for the world to see.

Have poor grammar? Even spellcheck won’t catch that on Twitter. Prone to profanity? Every post is immortalized forever if just one person out there screen captures it. Narcissist? Someone who calls herself a princess and posts nonstop selfies is going to make potential future employers wary. It is pretty easy to scroll through someone’s posts and get a good idea of who they are in less than a minute.

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