A social Life / Ein soziales Leben / Uma vida Social / Una vida Social

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A Social Life is a short film about a career driven woman who is living the life she has always dreamed of … online. She strives to live a balanced life: staying fit, working hard and connecting with her friends; she is creating her ‘image’ within her broader social media friend base. But she awakes one day and realizes that her reflection is merely the collection of photos that she has shared with others.

Social media dramatically changed the way we communicate, socialize and make and maintain friendships. While there are benefits to living in a digital World, there are also risks.

People do not develop critical social skills when they spend the majority of their free time connected to and interacting through a screen. They get lost in a World of unrealistic comparisons, cyberbullying, and feeling left out.

Connecting via texting, Instagram, and Facebook includes harsh judgments and comparisons. It is easier to make statements on a screen that would be difficult to say face to face.

Report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK surveyed young people to determine the effects of social media use on issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and body image. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and SnapChat all had negative effects on mental health.

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