Unless you are living under a rock, you would have heard about The Social Dilemma. This Netflix documentary is making waves for exposing the harsh truth about social media and the evil behind it. With inputs from Silicon Valley moguls who have worked with social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc, this documentary is a real eye-opener on the damaging impact social media is having on our lives… and we don’t even realise it.
Here are 8 Reasons Why You HAVE to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix:
1. It will help you come to terms with your addiction
“There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software.” Most of us think we’re not that addicted to social media and The Social Dilemma shatters this assumption, and it uses factual data to do so. It explains WHY and HOW we are being programmed to scroll till the end of time. You will realise that your soul mate is actually your phone, and that, while extremely disturbing, is also eye-opening.
2. Tristan Harris
Tristan Harris was a Design Ethicist (yes, this is a job) for Google and other large giants. As an ethicist, ethics are a pretty big part of his job, and he realised that the companies he was working for didn’t exactly value them. Tristan breaks down social media and all the things they use to keep you hooked, and he does it in such easy way. Plus he’s got this whole cute concerned nerdy vibe going on, which makes it all the more better.
3. Explains the devastating link between Mental Health and Social Media
The Social Dilemma makes us aware of just HOW strong the link between social media and degrading mental health is. Increasing rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and even suicide, are all the result of social media. Due to social media, we’ve all experienced all of the above so often, that we don’t even consider it as abnormal, and that is extremely scary. The Social Dilemma breaks this down beautifully and it needs to be seen.
4. It helps realise the value of your attention
Have you realised that ever since social media has become part of our lives, our attention span has become shorter? Like, WAY shorter? Social media platforms prey on one thing, and one thing only, and that is our attention. They all want it, and we are giving it to them without even realising it! The Social Dilemma will make you understand that your attention is priceless, and yet it is being bought.
5. “If you’re not paying for the product, then you’re the product”
The most impactful line in The Social Dilemma, or rather in the world. We don’t pay to use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, ever wondered why? Thanks to The Social Dilemma, you don’t have to.
6. Easy to understand and easier to worry about
The Social Dilemma breaks down how social media is a monster in most aspects. It is disrupting life as we know it, and not just on an individual level, but a global one. Social Media played a large role in The Rohingya crisis, Russia meddling in the 2016 US elections, 2019 Lok Sabha polls and now, with fake news on Coronavirus. This is frightening, and as people who are affected by these events, it is imperative we understand it.
7. It will help you take control of your life
The Social Dilemma will scare you, worry you and shock you, but it will also help you. Once you watch it you’re going to switch off most of your notifications, set screentime limits, share less data online, be more present offline and maybe even deactivate your accounts. Knowledge is power and trust us, you will come out of it a better and more aware person.
8. Dope Graphics
The animation and graphics used in The Social Dilemma are so satisfying to watch, truly.
The Social Dilemma is a must watch for everyone. Watch it on Netflix NOW!
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