Dr. Anna Loves:
The Social Dilemma
Dr. Anna recommends The Social Dilemma, a Netflix documentary, for those who want a closer look at the harm of social media in today’s society and some helpful tips in regard to that. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, this Netflix Original exposes the negative spiral that social media has created, highlighting an increase in body dysmorphia, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and suicide.
What exactly is The Social Dilemma? Dr Anna shares her insight…
Relating to the clinic:
Dr. Anna Medical Aesthetics has grown through social media and word of mouth (follow Dr. Anna MD on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube), so it is a double-edged sword. More and more commonly we are seeing a very vulnerable group of people in their 20’s who really don’t feel as though they’re good enough, and this is something we would like to change in our society. Dr. Anna does not treat anyone under the age of 20 with filler or Botox/Dysport, and generally dissuades young girls from altering their facial structure, instead encouraging nutrition, skin health, and improved lifestyle (no smoking, limiting alcohol, improved sleep, limiting technology, and better stress management).
Relating to this topic:
In an interesting Youtube Ted Talk by Dr. Robert Lefever it explains how 1 in 6 people are born with an “addiction gene”, and these addictions manifest in different ways, such as excess use of social media, video games, pornography, food, exercise, cigarettes, alcohol etc.
Relating to health:
There are three essentials for optimal “health” and I sound like a broken record:
Sounds easy right? Balance is never that easy and consistency is hard for most people.
What makes this documentary different?
This documentary includes top executives, marketing people and engineers from Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, & Twitter who all admit these platforms research the best ways to keep our attention and seduce us into spending as much time as possible on these “apps”. Our data is then collected and sold to other marketing companies.
How has social media affected the youth of our generation as seen in this documentary?
The “like” feature on Facebook and Instagram has contributed to young people not feeling good enough and wanting to change their appearance. There is a new clinical term referred to as “Snapchat Dysmorphia”, where young adults seek cosmetic surgery to look more like the filtered images they follow on these apps. And the sad part is that many “providers” are more than willing to inject them with Botox/Dysport, fillers and even surgical implants.