Have you seen The Social Dilemma on Netflix? If you haven’t, we highly recommend it. There were so many interesting takeaways, but here are some of the ones that we thought were relevant to our social community:
Takeaways from The Social Dilemma
- Reduce or turn off your notifications (then the social media giants will have a harder time predicting your moves). Do we really want tech companies like Google or Facebook to predict our behavior?
- Don’t go-to recommendations by Google or any other site — Again, by recommending to you, they are waiting for you to click on the link and stay on their platform as long as possible.
- Before you share, make sure the facts are correct and true. Do your due diligence. Take a fact and look it up on a legitimate site before reposting.
- Follow people with different points of view (otherwise you will only see certain items). A good example that they gave is, if you believe in Global Warming, you will see articles about Global Warming. If you don’t believe and they know it, Google, Facebook, and other tech giants will only show you what you want to see. So, in this case, you may see, “global warming is a hoax.”
- People in the tech industry do not let their children on social networking sites (that says something!). So what are you doing? Are you going to let your child have an iPhone? Is it good for their mental health? The movie suggests otherwise.
- Delete the sites you don’t use. The movie also suggests that you should delete all of your social networking sites. Then the tech giants don’t know you and the advertisers won’t make money from you.
The Social Dilemma was an interesting and thought-provoking movie that interviewed only tech developers from the major social networking platforms. It’s a real eye-opener and worth watching.