If you have a Netflix subscription, you really need to go watch The Social Dilemma, a documentary on the ways in which social media manipulates us.
The “dilemma” is multi-faceted. Advertisers vie for our attention across our myriad social media platforms while programmers continuously revise their algorithms to make their product ever more addictive. Higher social media use correlates with self-reported declines in mental and physical health and overall life satisfaction. And yet, we continue to scroll our lives away.
The documentary is comprised of interviews from a host of former social media executives and programmers, spilling insider information about the more nefarious aspects of social media design. I found it to be informative and enlightening, and, yes, a little frightening. I’d recommend it for everyone, but especially teens and their parents.
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