THE SOCIAL ADDICTION – HOW LONG CAN YOU GO WITHOUT CHECKING YOUR PHONE?
Honestly where do I even begin? The movie called The Social Dilemma (2020 – Netflix) threw me for a loop. I like to think I’m “smart” and I know what’s going on behind closed doors but apparently, I don’t, at all.
The best way to sum this documentary up as short and sweet as possible is that basically anybody who owns a computer, smart phone, tablet, or anything along those lines is a product. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and basically all of the social media platforms are manipulating, controlling, and buying our time and attention. It’s extremely concerning and disturbing.
This documentary gave me chills and really woke me up to the fact that we are psychologically addicted to our devices, whether we like it or know it or not. One of the quotes from this movie that really shook me up and made me open my eyes was, “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.” Not only is this true but it’s scary to think about. While I did feel that this documentary was dramatized by the family it showed and what they went through, I have no doubt in my mind that the point they were trying to get across is true.
I do not know one person who does not own a smart phone and have some type of social media on that phone that they check on the daily. It’s disturbing to me to think how twenty years ago we didn’t have these devices. They weren’t a part of our lives at all and now we can’t go longer than thirty minutes without checking them. If they ding, we look. If they ring, we answer. If our phone dies, we freak out. Our phones are practically an extension of our hands now and I see way more cons than pros to this.
Another point in this documentary that disturbed me was when the creators of these apps or certain features on these apps talked about how they know that it’s addicting but even they can’t help it. I was born in nineteen ninety-six so I can very clearly remember a time when we didn’t have smart phones. We didn’t have half the technology that we do now. Nowadays it’s uncommon to have an eleven-year-old who doesn’t own a phone. I can’t even imagine the type of psychological issues social media and our phones in general are causing the younger generations. The documentary talked about how suicide rates for tweens and teens has gone up at an alarming rate and it coincides with smart phones and social media. It really made me think about whether or not I want my kids to have smart phones at all before the age of thirteen.
This documentary was extremely eye opening and really left the gears turning in my brain. I am much more aware now of how often my phone dings and lights up and how often I check it then I was before I watched The Social Dilemma.