Netflix Viewers Think The Social Dilemma Documentary Is A 'Real-Life Horror Movie'
Netflix viewers reckon new 'documentary-drama hybrid' The Social Dilemma is like a 'real-life horror movie'. You can watch the trailer here:
Since dropping on the streaming service on Wednesday, disturbed viewers have said it made them want to get rid of their phones and their social media accounts.
The docudrama looks into the harmful effects of social media, focusing particularly on its impact on privacy, mental health and the spread of misinformation.
A synopsis reads: "This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations."
But as Mark Twain once said, 'truth is stranger than fiction', and viewers of The Social Dilemma said it felt like they had watched a horror movie, not a documentary:
Just watched The Social Dilemma on @netflix and I gotta be honest, it's terrifying. It's scarier than any horror movie I've ever seen.- Francesca V (@FrancescaAnna) September 13, 2020
if the social dilemma isn't a horror then why am I freaking out rn only halfway down the movie?- Manya Chugh (@ManyaChugh) September 12, 2020
I'm not one for horror movies...but The Social Dilemma on Netflix is one of the scariest documentaries I have watched in a while...:no_mouth:#TheSocialDilemma- Stefan Cardamone (@StefanCardamone) September 10, 2020
If you wanna watch the scariest horror movie you can imagine, prior to the 2020 election, watch "the social dilemma" on Netflix :sweat_smile:- Riley Hawkins (@riley_smiley12) September 13, 2020
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I'm convinced The Social Dilemma is a horror documentary and I'm officially shook- alexis (@alexis_i18) September 14, 2020
Anyone else think The Social Dilemma is a documentary that doubles as a horror film??- Billy Von Arx (@billy_vonarx) September 12, 2020
The Social Dilemma is a horror movie, not a documentary- Michael Liu (@MiKeMeUpP) September 12, 2020
Indeed, many viewers said they felt compelled to go offline by the end of it:
Watch Social Dilemma on Netflix... and then put your phone down for a bit- Paimon Gimme A Dope Beat Like... (@DJPAIMON) September 10, 2020
Just finished The Social Dilemma and the real dilemma is should I throw my phone into the ocean or into a fire ?- Sara Schaefer (@saraschaefer1) September 13, 2020
omg I just watched the social dilemma and I kinda wanna delete all my socials, throw away my phone and live in the woods for the rest of my life- Claire (@claaaairy) September 9, 2020
Here's hoping the irony of tweeting about the fact you're worried about social media and want to get rid of your phone isn't lost on these people.
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