Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Social Dilemma

A Reel Leadership Article

The Social Dilemma is a Netflix original documentary. It’s a startling tell-all expose on the dangers of social media. It’s eye-opening and a documentary everyone should watch.

I sat in stunned silence as I watched the documentary roll in front of my eyes. It made me sad, mad, angry, and reflective. I have some things to think about with my social media usage from now on.

You will too, once you watch The Social Dilemma.

Scene from The Social Dilemma documentary. Ben surrounded by social media imagery

The Social Dilemma features the tales of the people who worked to create facets of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Their stories are scary. They reinforce the idea that we’re being led down a path we don’t want to go.

These social media mavens are:

  • Tristan Harris – Google, Former Design Ethicist / Center for Humane Society, Co-Founder

Chasing The Wrong Things

Social media is awesome. We’re able to stay in contact with old high school friends, make new friends through different groups, and discover new things we’d never know about before.

I’ve been able to contact some amazing people through social media. Social media has made my life better… in some respects.

Photo of a smartphone with social media apps

Photo by Rahul Chakraborty

In others, social media is a dangerous pit you can easily be sucked into.

Chasing The Wrong Things

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… these social media platforms (along with others) have features to help you know how many people have liked, shared, and loved your posts.

Seeing these social media stats are nice. They tell you people are interacting with what you’re putting out. They tell you people like your content.

Even WordPress websites have social media tracking features. You can tell how many people have tweeted or shared your articles. Once again, this is nice. You can see what is happening with your content.

Do You Know What You’re Communicating To Your Customers?

I was recently perusing Facebook. I do this from time to time to kill time and see what’s going on in my area.

I’ve joined multiple local groups on Facebook. On this day, what I saw saddened me.

Photo of apps on a Samsung Galaxy phone

Photo by Christian Wiediger

A local businessman was being criticized for what he had posted on his personal Facebook page. When I looked deeper, I could see why he was being criticized.

This business owner had chosen to share racially insensitive memes on his Facebook page.

You’re Always Communicating

I’m not sure what this business owner was thinking when he shared these memes. Was he even thinking at all?

I don’t know… What I do know is that he was communicating with his customers and potential customers.

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