After my last blog post, I was asked to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. I was told it would show how social media was influencing us.
Thank you, Sheila. I did watch it and now I am terrified of what social media platforms are capable of.
The documentary talks about the algorithms that these platforms use and how they use them for advertising, or really how to get money. How they do what they can to keep us on them. What is happening is really scary stuff.
We are being manipulated by a group of companies. How are we meant to find the truth even if we want to? If you thought Google would give you the truth then you might be wrong there.
I did the search that they suggested in the documentary, I put “climate change is” to see what I would get. I took a screenshot.
It might be fun to try an experiment. If you all do it as well, let me know what the top responses are. Let’s see if we do all really get different answers.
This one seems to one of the worse for it, and maybe Google. It does seem to be the place for all those people with weird ideas. You could say Facebook is where you will find all the modern cults now.
I’ve had a Facebook account since about 2010, but now I have stopped using it and I’m so determined to stay away from it that I have deleted the apps from my phone.
You know what, I don’t miss them. I’m doing more in my day than I was before. The time wasted on those sites is now spent reading, gardening, and baking. I am actually happier now than I was before.
The Social Dilemma
I am including the trailer here from YouTube so you can get an idea of what it is about. Perhaps you are wondering what the hell is going on in the world right now, well aside from the Pandemic, take a look you might find some of the answers.
Are you addicted to your phone and social media? Are you stepping away?
The Social Dilemma on Netflix
The social media images are public domain images.