Sometimes, you just need to unleash your inner conspiracy theorist. This documentary will help you do exactly that. The Social Dilemma reveals the uncomfortable truths about social media’s influence on our everyday lives. Yeah, anyone who uses social media realizes that it can be a black hole of time. What most people don’t realize is that they were designed to be this way.
“This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.” These are some of the most experienced and learned people in the social media world. And they’ve all come to a consensus—there’s a problem.
Much of social media is rooted in manipulating human behavior, from the carefully crafted user interfaces to the algorithms. While we’ve touched on the potential dangers of Facebook’s algorithms in the past, we’ve only scratched the surface. This documentary digs into the digital environment that allows for discrimination, political misinformation, and extremists on social media platforms.
Another incredibly eye-opening component of this documentary is its focus on mental health. The more we coexist with social media, the more we realize its influence on our wellbeing. Although social media isn’t inherently bad, these apps are designed to be addicting.
All of the professionals interviewed realize that they’ve contributed to these dilemmas but have done revolutionary things in the tech field. On the one hand, these designers and programmers have created groundbreaking technology. On the other, they’ve contributed to the decline of people’s mental and physical health. The takeaway of this documentary is that we need to become better informed about social media’s bad parts and salvage the good parts.
By no means is this a movie review, but we think The Social Dilemma is incredibly effective in introducing the concept of manipulative technology. If you’re a social media enthusiast, you’ll learn more about the way these platforms work. If you’re a social media novice, you’ll come out of the film with a new perspective.