Black Mirror: The Emergence Of Social Media

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The way that people communicate with each other has changed rapidly over the past few decades with a key development being the emergence of the social media. Some people argue that social media has somehow shortened the distance between people through sharing their information to connect anywhere, at any time on any device in everyone’s hands. However, there are also many people argue that social media is killing our capacity for actual joy because people nowadays tend to be more focus about being “liked” on social media is far more important than being liked in the real life, which can lead to strange behavior and an inability to enjoy life in the moment. On top of that, one of the episodes from Black Mirror, a British science fiction…show more content…
Despite the fact that we don’t have the same rating system that presented in the show in which having a bad rating would truly affect our social status. However, we are living in a world where people would judge each other social status based on how many “likes” that they have on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and etc. According to an article that written by Erin Brodwin, he explains such phenomenon with a psychological principle called the “hedonic treadmill”, which basically means that people will always on the hunt for that next thing that will make us happy, which in this case referring to how many “likes” that we are receiving on social…show more content…
For example, she gets so excited every time she receives a “four or five stars” rating but at the end of the day, she is lonely and unsatisfied. While in the real world, many of us were just simply like her making the same mistake over and over again. According to the study that conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has stated that social media often lead to depression. When we engage with social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, we may feel a temporary boost from “likes” or “favorites”, but it is absolutely bad for our long-term happiness. In my opinion, there is no absolute right or wrong answer when it comes to the use of technology, and therefore, there is no reason to discuss whether the “rating system” itself is ethical or unethical. However, it is the people who use it that makes the matter. As a matter of fact, theoretically. we need to limit our dependence upon “ratings” by stop caring about how many “likes” or “favorites” on the social media. Nevertheless, it is nearly an impossible task due to the fact that social media has become an unseparated part of our daily life. And people do care about their “rating” from these social media. Hence, this technology might potentially
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