Social media has completely taken over our lives, it's a fact no one can deny. We fall asleep with it, we wake up with it, we're always connected with everyone through it. It became such an integral part of our lives without us even realizing it.
While there's obviously a lot of upsides to the connectivity it offers, every good thing has a bad side, of course, and the terrifying side of social media is very well presented in the new Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma.
Being called the single most important documentary of the year, people who have watched it cannot recommend it enough just because of how anxiety-inducing it is and how everyone needs to know the true reality of social media.
It perfectly explains how social media psychologically influences us and how we get manipulated by it without even realizing it.
If you use social media, you must make time to watch The Social Dilemma.
"There are only two industries that call their customers 'users': illegal drugs and software."
It's way bigger than it seems.
The Social Dilemma on Netflix is maybe the most important documentary of the year.
We know we’re being manipulated by social media & having our psychology used against us.
This exposes truths about big data, manipulation, & warnings from the people who designed social media. pic.twitter.com/haTVo4C7qe
And, we're all users, in both senses.
The social dilemma - watch it and then watch it again pic.twitter.com/BDX9raTuX4— Samantha Callier (@SamCallier) September 13, 2020
On the flip side though, as well.
the biggest problem w documentaries like "the social dilemma" is they perpetuate this myth of brilliant creators that made some software suddenly realizing their software does harm, and not the THOUSANDS of regular workers at these companies who tried to warn them repeatedly— Cara, Arrogant And Foolish Lass (@caraesten) September 14, 2020
Cue the existential crisis.
I feel like a lab rat after watching the social dilemma on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/01E43kJNLu— Faeez Aroos (@faeezyee) September 14, 2020
Even Farhan Akhtar is recommending it.
Whatever else you do today, please make time and watch ‘The Social Dilemma’ on Netflix.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 13, 2020
To all who think social media 'reflects' human nature rather than manipulates and engineers it in entirely new ways, watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. The warnings coming from tech industry insiders are immense. The manipulation of our behaviour is the point of social media.— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) September 12, 2020
Watching The Social Dilemma as someone who works in digital marketing pic.twitter.com/3RwvGSKwiy— Amy Potter (@hellomisspotter) September 13, 2020
I watched "The Social Dilemma" and while I kinda already knew that social media tech was for profit and the creators don't always have your best interest in mind but to hear this being said... ouch. pic.twitter.com/tNu6CIw82b— Kristine (@thelittlestacks) September 12, 2020
That's good and bad at the same time.
The Social Dilemma on @netflix is one of the most important things you'll ever see.
It puts a great deal of, well, everything into perspective.
It's a vicious cycle.
me coming on twitter to discuss the social dilemma and falling into the AI trap again pic.twitter.com/ykQ1WHtQT4— s (@stfushweta) September 12, 2020
The real reason Netflix released The Social Dilemma pic.twitter.com/UpatayQ3iC— Silent mischief monger (@silentmonger) September 13, 2020
What do we do, Netflix?September 11, 2020
Okay, that's funny.
The Social Dilemma - Jeff Orlowski, 2020. pic.twitter.com/1d9ousb1hV— lero lero lay (@vicmcfly) September 13, 2020
Making jokes to cope.
The social dilemma makes me angry. All of my data and THIS is the feed they come up with ?— Vignesh Raghunathan (@wega____) September 12, 2020
I finished watching The Social Dilemma today - I’m much more disturbed by the “agenda” than the technology itself.— Chanel 🏽 (@mschaneltyers) September 13, 2020
The entire thing is ironic.
Just watched “the social dilemma” on Netflix.
It’s a documentary interviewing the creators of social media who are admitting what a problem it’s become.
A must watch for all of us.
And yes, I realize the irony of tweeting this.