It is not uncommon for people who are looking to cheat on their significant others to use social media. They use different platforms to chat in secret and schedule meetups. And as people become more and more tech savvy, cheaters are finding craftier ways to use social media for acts of infidelity.
LinkedIn is a peculiar choice for cheaters, however, and the use of this platform for such purpose is unheard of. Here we discuss why LinkedIn is not used for cheating.
Are People Using LinkedIn to Cheat on their Significant Others?
One study that focused on 2,400 American adults who have admitted to cheating at least once found that one-third of these adults have created a social media or email account that their partner didn’t know existed.
The most common social network used to create fake profiles is Facebook. Nearly 67 percent of cheaters had a secret Facebook account which they used to cheat on their partners. The study suggests that the main reason cheaters are creating these secret accounts is to list their relationship statuses as “single”. In other cases, they will use social media to send naughty photos through social media.
This is not the case for LinkedIn. For starters, you can’t list your relationship status on LinkedIn. What sets LinkedIn apart from other social networking sites is its strictly professional focus. It may be a social networking platform, but it is primarily used for building professional and business relationships.
LinkedIn is Not a Hook Up or Dating Site
Even flirting with other users or trying to use LinkedIn as a dating site is generally frowned upon. It may even have some serious pitfalls for your career if you do so. For this reason, LinkedIn is not a good option for cheaters.
LinkedIn is not a dating site. It is the best professional networking platform online, and you would be putting it to waste by trying to use it like Tinder or Match.com.
Eric Martin, marketing director for Salesloft, said in a LinkedIn post: “Let’s get one thing straight, guys: It does not matter what words you use, if you’re reaching out to a woman on LinkedIn, there should be absolutely no non-professional content in that message.
“Many men seem to think that if you’re not being overtly sexual, everything’s cool. It’s not,” Martin added.
Using LinkedIn to hook up or find a date may even damage your business. It puts your brand at risk because it may damage your reputation. In fact, you may even be courting a liability suit. One recruiter received a lawsuit after sending inappropriate sexual messages on LinkedIn, including a photo of his genitals. When using LinkedIn, or any social media for that matter, it is important to always remain respectful. Most members find romantic advances on LinkedIn annoying or irritating. They use the platform to further their career and secure new opportunities for themselves—not to find love.
LinkedIn can give your career the boost it needs if you use it properly. It is the biggest platform for professionals online, with over 675 million members. You can use it to build your brand, expand your network, build your reputation, find leads, and more.