The Social Dilemma

Netflix’s new documentary leads many people to think deeper on their social media usage

Jake Olson, Staff Writer

Many people in the world today are hooked on the new technologies we have in the 21st century. One of the most impactful ones is social media. Social media allows us to communicate to people all around the world, share funny videos and pictures, and gives people a chance to express themselves. What a lot of people don’t know is how scary and dangerous social media can be. After watching this Netflix Documentary, I and many others realized how bad social media can be to a person or community. 


Many people, like myself, enjoy social media and think nothing of it. We could scroll through Twitter or Instagram and not realize how powerful of an impact social media can have on a person. It gives you unwanted stress and anxiety, and also makes you do things you didn’t plan on doing.


By watching this documentary, I learned about how much these big companies use data mining to give you content that will make you stay on the phone longer than you wanted to. By using an algorithm they give you the content that they think and almost know you will like. 


To stop this from happening people can start with limiting their time on big apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok. By doing this you can limit the amount of control these apps can have on you. We might not be able to give up these things as easily as we want since we grew up using these our whole life, but by limiting screen time it’s a step in the right direction.