The Social Dilemma review


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The movie “The Social Dilemma” explores the upward thrust of social media and the harm it has precipitated to society. The film focuses on social media’s exploitation of customers for economic achievement, as well as how it nurtures an addiction, its use in politics, impact on intellectual health, and its function in spreading conspiracy theories.

In the documentary, the masterminds from social media companies explain that the harm of social networking platforms is a feature, not a bug. Infinite scrolling and push notifications keep users constantly engaged; personalized recommendations use data not just to predict but also to influence our actions turning users into easy prey for advertisers and propagandists. Social media can be addictive which isn’t a revelation to anyone who uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so forth. Nowadays there’s a large population of people urgently trying to get “likes” for a sense of approval. Oftentimes those people are young teenagers, who mold their behavior in order to attract more likes. 

The movie’s narrators pin an increase in mental illness on social media usage. As supported by data, there is an increasing spike in anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide attempts by the girls of Gen Z, current middle and high schoolers. 

This movie reaches important points for the simple fact that it gets into detail about social media and what the world overlooks about the effects social media has on our generation. The movie demonstrates how our brains are being manipulated and even rewired by algorithms that are designed to get our attention and make us buy things, including buying into distorted ideas about the world, ourselves, and each other. 

Overall this movie is very insightful and people should be informed on the effects and damage that social media platforms have caused to our generation and younger audiences. The most essential lesson from “The Social Dilemma” is that we must look at the whole picture since algorithms will only show us what we want to see. Overall, the movie is remarkably high-quality in sounding the alarm about manipulative technology in our social lives and beyond.