Netflix film The Social Dilemma scarier than horror film say traumatised viewers

Netflix fans have been left in a "distressed" and "anxious mess" and vowing to never use social media again after watching a new documentary film on the streaming site.

The Social Dilemma give viewers an in-depth view of how social media has impacted our lives.

But the film has been an eye-opener to those who have never consider how closely our every move is being monitored.

The documentary, which has been hailed as a "must-watch" by some fans, is described in the synopsis as: "This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations."

Claiming to expose the "dark side of social media", the film features interviews with experts who have worked worked for companies including Facebook, Pinterest, Google, Twitter and Instagram, who all dish out some ominous warnings.

After learning how in control social media giants are, viewers urged anyone and everyone to watch the documentary.

"If you only do one thing today, watch The Social Dilemma," one shaken fan wrote.

A second said: "You need to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. It’s mind blowing and honestly.. makes me feel dirty. It’ll make you rethink social media."

"Don't watch The Social Dilemma … immediate anxiety I’m ready to throw the whole phone away. I feel scammed and like someone's watching me all the time,” a third wrote, after finding the documentary too much to handle.

"I’m so distressed after watching The Social Dilemma. Literally turned into an anxious mess and don’t want to use my phone," a viewer echoed, ironically posting on Twitter.

"That was worse than any horror movie I’ve watched," another traumatised viewer wrote.

The Social Dilemma’s two minute trailer sets the tone with soundbites including: "What I want people to know is that everything they are doing online is being watched, is being tracked. Every single action you take is carefully monitored and recorded."

"I always felt that fundamentally it was a force for good – I don't know if I feel that way anymore," a second terrifyingly admitted.

And another voices: “What [people] don't realise is there's entire teams of engineers whose job is to use your psychology against you."

The Social Dilemma premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February, but is available to watch on Netflix from the September 9, 2020.

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