Social media has grown to become a massive part of everyone’s lives with billions of people being active on social media platforms every single day. Many people spend hours scrolling on social media, with some even spending most of their day on these apps. A good social media practice is to regularly go through the list of people you follow and update your list, unfollow irrelevant accounts as well as add new ones. According to EarthWeb, there is a way to quickly unfollow people on your Instagram, which can be very useful if you’re looking to detox your profile. People view social media as a way to unwind but outside of this digital world, people often unwind by watching movies and if you’d like to sit down and watch movies inspired by the dangers of social media, here are the top 5.
The Social Dilemma
The Social Dilemma is a 2020 Docudrama about a Tech expert who informs people about the dangerous side effects of social media and how these platforms are a powerful tool used by Big Tech to manipulate and influence the masses. Many popular social media platforms exploit human weaknesses and also nurture addiction and this docudrama exposes it all. Starring Tristan Harris, Skyler Gisando, and Jaron Lanier, this movie can be watched on Netflix.
Ingrid Goes West
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Ingrid Goes West is a movie about a young woman who is yearning for fame. This internet-themed movie stars Elizabeth Olsen in what is described as one of her best roles as well as actress Aubrey Plaza who is described as being one of the greatest attributes of this movie. This movie was released in 2017 and follows a girl named Ingrid Thornburn who is a social media stalker who often confuses social media engagement for meaningful relationships. Ingrid becomes obsessed with a popular influencer named Taylor and proceeds to move to Los Angeles in an attempt to work her way into Taylor’s inner circle, with hopes of also becoming a social media star. The two do manage to become friends but the plot quickly twists and drama ensues. This movie is available to watch on Hulu, Netflix, and Google Play Movies & TV.
Eighth Grade is a Drama released in 2018 and is about a girl named Kayla Day. Kayla is in the eighth grade and happens to be an introvert. She does however post videos on the internet that are centred on self-confidence. Throughout the film, she begins to realize that she isn’t portraying herself accurately so she starts to overcome her fears so that she can embody the confidence she talks about in the videos that she posts. This film stars Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, and Emily Robinson to name a few. If you want to watch this movie, it is available on Netflix.
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The Circle is not exactly a film but rather a reality show launched in 2022. This show is a social experiment as well as a competition show taking place in the online realms where people flirt, befriend and catfish each other in an attempt to win a $100 000 grand prize. The show stars Michelle Buteau and is available for viewing on Netflix.
Unfriended is a horror/thriller film that was released in 2015. The movie follows a group of friends in an online chatroom who are confronted by a supernatural force that is using the account of their dead friend. While casually video chatting one night, these 6 friends receive a message from their deceased classmate. They first think it is a prank but after messages start coming through revealing dark secrets about the friends in the group, they quickly realize they are dealing with a supernatural force that wants them dead which terrifies them. You can watch Unfriended on Netflix.
Social media movies are quite popular and often help the viewers view social media through a different lens. Many movies touch on the dark nature of social media such as Ingrid Goes West and the social dilemma and movies such as Eighth Grade touch on the relatable experience of many social media users who portray a version of themselves online that does not match who they are in real life. If you’re looking to unwind to a movie about social media, consider one of the above mentioned. All are available to watch on Netflix.
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