Today, social networks affect people more than we imagine. According to statistics, 3 billion people, about 40% of the world’s population, use social networks, and according to some reports, we spend an average of 2 hours a day on exchanges, likes, tweets and updates on these platforms.
The growing number of people using Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking platforms, as well as the time spent on them, is of concern to teachers, parents, doctors and more. Social networks affect our privacy, our morale and mental state, and even our freedom. Here are the top 5 movies about social networks that will make you rethink many things and look in a new way at our “simple” passion for social networks.
- Social Network.
2010 American biographical film about the creation of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg and everything that happened behind the scenes of one of the most popular social networks in the world. The screenplay was written based on Ben Mezrich’s book “Random Billionaires” (2009). The film “Social Network” is about inspiration, betrayal, the importance of human relationships, the price of success and more.
Director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (Oscar-winning) talk about how Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his Harvard friends launched Facebook – and how Zuckerberg eventually defended the lawsuits. One lawsuit was filed by Aryan poster twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armi Hammer) and their partner Diva Narendra (Max Mingella), who claim that Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook and prevented the creation of a competing site. Another is from Zuckerberg’s former friend and business partner Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield).
Zuckerberg approached his friend Eduardo Saverin with the idea of Thefacebook and he gave him $ 1,000 as initial funding, which allowed him to start his network. When they find out about Thefacebook, the twins Winklevoss and Narendra are furious, believing that Zuckerberg stole their idea. They complain to Harvard President Larry Summers, who is contemptuous and sees no value in disciplinary action or Thefacebook. As Thefacebook grew in popularity, Zuckerberg expanded its network to Yale University, Columbia University, and Stanford University.
- The Social Dilemma, 2020
“The Social Dilemma” belongs to Jeff Orlowski, who showed us similar horrific documentaries “What do we do with ourselves?”, “In pursuit of coral”, “In pursuit of ice”. The documentary “Social Dilemma” has inspired many people to abandon social networks. From this film, we learn that our brains are manipulated and even rebuilt with algorithms that are designed to attract our attention and make us buy things. The film also shows how Silicon Valley giants attract and manipulate our attention, how these companies use their audiences to make a profit as they sell their own data and observational information, influencing political programs around the world. The impact of these programs on mental health is also discussed in detail.
In this film, experts: top managers of Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and other resources reveal the essence of the influence of social networks. For example, there is Justin Rosenstein, the inventor of the most common feature of Facebook – the “Like” button. He shyly says it was aimed at “spreading the positive”. What could be wrong with letting your friends and their friends “like” what you’ve posted? Well, it turns out people are offended if they don’t get likes. In this way, they change their behavior to attract more likes. Does this sound like a problem? Think about it: most people who urgently try to get likes are young teenagers. This is why there is a sharp rise in anxiety, depression and suicide attempts among Generation Z girls, current high school and high school students. There is also a new clinical term “Snapchat-dysmorphia”, which describes people who want plastic surgery to be more like the filtered images they see on the Internet.
The most important lesson from the Social Dilemma is that we must question everything we read on the Internet, especially if it is presented to us in a way that reflects a detailed understanding of our inclinations and preferences. And we have to oppose the “attention-grabbing model” that makes social media seem friendly.
- In Search, 2018
The film tells the story of a father trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter with the help of a detective. 37 hours have passed and the authorities have not been able to reveal any clues. When the investigation leads to nothing, the father decides to search for the only place that no one has – Margot’s laptop. Trying to track her digital footprints, David contacts her friends and looks at photos and videos for possible clues about her whereabouts. Through the devices, programs, and sites that people use every day to communicate, David needs to find his daughter’s footprint before she disappears forever.
Thanks to his efforts, he eventually comes across secrets that can destroy his world. The entire film is shown through smart devices and programs for social networks to emphasize their real impact on our daily lives.
- People, 2015
Having robots to do all the housework is an ideal scenario for many. However, the people in this film give a different view of how things can look wrong. The action of the show takes place in parallel reality, and it tells about a technological component called Synth – a complex humanoid robot created to help people.
When the Hawkins buy the restored Synth to make life easier, they begin to realize that living with a droid can have dangerous consequences.
- Snowden, 2016
Edward Snowden is a former spy and member of the intelligence community who uncovered secret espionage and mass surveillance conducted by the US government and the National Security Agency (NSA) under the guise of national security. Disappointed, Edward quits his job at the NSA when confronted with a vast amount of data being collected to track all forms of digital information. This includes not only foreign governments and terrorist organizations, but also ordinary American citizens. He makes the difficult decision to leak this information at the expense of his security and freedom.
Snowden’s revelation was a major blow to the intelligence community, and in response to leaks of documents about the US government’s mass surveillance program, Snowden was charged with theft of state property and two other charges under the 1917 Espionage Act. Because people are shocked to learn of the government’s true intentions, Edward is considered a traitor.
Given that social media plays such a big role in our lives, can we sacrifice our mental health, well-being, and time? Decide for each of us.