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Social Dilemma: Student Takeaways

the social dilemma film

After watching the Sundance file ‘The Social Dilemma’ our girls share the takeaways they gleaned from the experience.

Takeaways from the film:

  • We need to do more research on the link between mental illness and social media.
  • Be safe online and don’t check your phone 24/7- it’s not worth it.
  • Companies track what you do online and only show you certain things because of it.
  • I am fascinated with the rapid rate at which technology develops, and I find it terrifying because it is taking over our world.
  • Depression, anxiety, and suicide are strongly influenced by social media.
  • Everything stays online even if you delete it.
  • Social media creators jobs are to keep you addicted and it leaves a negative effect on users.
  • Be mindful of social media use. Don’t let what you see on social media manipulate your beliefs.
  • Social media is destructive in a lot of ways, but there are also positives. Many people struggle to make real connections when they are on social media.
  • The point of a lot of major tech companies is to manipulate you into spending more and more time on social media by clicking on their “suggestions”.
  • I learned a lot about what happens behind the scenes with social media, and I learned a lot about what to avoid.
  • It is crazy how your phone knows exactly where you are and how you feel. It makes me more aware of how I use my phone and if I even want one.
  • Big companies have more influence over us than we think.

How is the film’s message relevant to their life:

  • I have really struggled with comparing myself to others on social media.
  • I was addicted to my phone before treatment and I was an isolated mess.
  • My generation is the new future and it’s up to us to choose how we want society to function.
  • Because I am in the generation that grew up with technology and social media, I overused it in my life.
  • I use social media so it’s important to know the dangers.
  • I’ve always struggled with being able to tell if something is true, so this movie helped explain a lot.
  • I used to spend a lot of time posting photos, and people can track you if you are not careful, and that’s creepy. 
  • I use social media and I need to learn to be safe and monitor my use on my phone.
  • It was kind of a slap in the face how dangerous social media can really be.
  • I need to be more conscious on social media and avoid the negative sides of it the movie addressed.

For more student reviews on the ‘The Social Dilemma’ click here.