The Social Dilemma by Jeff Orlowski explores the negative consequences of the social media phenomenon among teens and young adults. The film interviews former employees of top technology companies such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Mozilla, gleaning their opinions on how these companies have strong influences in today’s social, cultural, and political realms and not for the better.
The Social Dilemma delves into the ability of social media to spread rumors, false information, social and political manipulations, and bullying content like wildfire. It also explains how devastating this effect has been on the youth as they have become addicted to the opinions and views of others on these platforms to the detriment of their mental health.
This documentary ultimately exposes the increase in teen depression and suicide rate and its connection with the dangers of addiction to the various available social platforms.