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More than half of employees in America want the event of quitting their job to become popular via social media, or “go viral”.

According to a Social Channel Influence Survey by Shoutly, not only do 52% of staff wish to quit their jobs in a socially shareable style, a further 7% want to do it with the help of a musical band. Yes, really.

And if that wasn’t enough, an even further 7% want to quit “in a blaze of glory”, whatever that might mean. There’s even 5% of employees who want to leave their current job by “sending a pornographic Tweet from the company Twitter handle”.

You have to hope a number of these workers are joking, but it doesn’t really surprise me that people these days want to make a big song and dance about their next move. It has become all the rage to become Internet famous, and some of the most viral videos in recent years have been those who have filmed themselves quitting their jobs.

Remember this guy, who quit his job with the help of some back-up singers, or Marina Shifrin, who decided to quit her job in Taiwan via a filmed video resignation from her office?

There was also this woman, who decided to leave her job via a company-wide email (which fits in with the 3% from this survey who want to quit “in an open letter posted online with my grievances”. Ugh, please.)

We live in the age of the Internet, where anyone with half a brain (or not even that, honestly) can become famous thanks to platforms like YouTube and Vine. People today can become known for nothing, and it appears a decent amount of my Generation Y peers have an innate desire to be famous, for the wrong reasons.

I am just considered a Gen Y, and I can tell you now – I don’t understand this trend, if that’s what it is.

I don’t know why it’s a thing, and I don’t know why young, ambitious, creative people who are the backbone of the current workforce want to burn bridges and submit themselves to eternal humiliation for a few laughs and ‘likes’.

On one hand, my generation are so tech-savvy they’re getting hired for jobs over people with many more years experience than them, and on the other hand, they can’t seem to fully grasp that the internet is forever. If something goes viral, you have lost all control of it.

Is that really what you want to happen in a day and age where developing a strong and effective personal brand is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd? Do you want to lose control of how you are perceived by everyone?

For the love of god, why?!

I’m sure I’m not the only one somewhat troubled by this survey. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I also wouldn’t put it past the fame-hungry youth of today.

So, here’s my public service announcement: Don’t do it. Sure, you might be angry, feeling unappreciated and that you’re not being heard, but I promise to you that this is not the way to quit your job. Ever.

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