The Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma

In 2020, Netflix produced the documentary The Social Dilemma. This film was designed to expose the ways that social media platforms capitalize on our social nature to sell our attention to corporations for marketing purposes. For this assignment, watch the film and respond to the following questions.

1. What self-related factors drive social media/technology addition? Why do you think these factors are effective in making us addicted to social media/technology?

2. The film states that social connections are manipulated in the online world. If this is true, would you say we are truly connecting with others? Why or why not?

3. In the film, they depict a young girl who goes to extremes to see her phone rather than engaging in family dinner time. Why are social media connections more engaging than face to face engagement?

4. The film suggest that social media is taking over self-worth and identity. If this is true, do you think social media should be legal? Why or why not?

5. Given what you learned about sources of self-concept and the impact of social media programs on the self, at what age should a child be allowed to have a smart phone? Why do you think the age you suggest is appropriate?

6. How did the invention of the “like” button backfire, given what you know about self-esteem and self-presentation?

7. The I.T. experts in the film provide some solutions to fix the growing problem with social media. What do you think should be done at a personal, national and global level to curb this problem?