Nov 11th, 2020
What is a social dilemma? I’m sure by now some of you have seen the movie The Social Dilemma. If that’s the case, you have a pretty good idea of what it’s about. And if you have not seen it, I strongly suggest that you do. It will change your perspective about social media. By definition, according to Wikipedia, a social dilemma is a situation in which all individuals would be better off cooperating but fail to do so because of conflicting interests between individuals that discourage joint action. I don’t know what this means to you but to me, this simply means that instead of joining forces to elevate each other, we’d rather worry about our own personal interests whether it hurts others or not.
This topic is obviously important because the disparity between the haves and the have nots is embarrassing, to say the least. Although this is not the focus of this episode, but if you think about it, it’s actually almost always a consequence.
The documentary talks about social media use and the effects that it has on society and how it manipulates us and controls us, how it affects our mental health especially in teens, how it’s used in politics, spreading conspiracy theories, keeping us on alert at all times. Causing us to experience stress levels we’re simply not built for. Think about it, our stress levels are always on blast! Our bodies are not designed to sustain stress for that long… non-stop. Stress is supposed to be a natural occurrence when your brain senses danger, causing your body to react and engage your senses and reflexes. So basically we stay in that state for extended periods of time which makes us sick. So we must be aware of all that.
So here’s the dilemma for me… I’m a digital marketer. Social Media is a big part of what I do! But I still feel I should let you know of the dangers that comes with it.