By: Madison Ellis McQueen
In the past few years, social media activity has been steadily, even sometimes drastically, climbing higher and higher. According to Smartinsights.com, the number of people using social media across the world is above 7 billion and the growth rate is estimated to be at 10% to 17% since January of 2015. So it only makes sense that Hollywood would want to cash in on people’s growing interest in social media and the Internet in general, right?
I’m here to say no; at least not with their tendencies for the magical that they have shown with the last social media horror Unfriended and an upcoming one, Friend Request. If Hollywood were to carefully create more realistic horror films about the consequences of naively using social media, not only would they be terrifying in their own way, it could help educate people about what and what not to put online for everyone to see. There have been a few realistic social media horrors in the past, but they were largely unsuccessful because of either horribly poor camera work or a repetitive, uninteresting plot.
I am not overtly objecting to the supernatural role in existing movies; sometimes it is needed. Some supernatural is good every once in a while to shake things up, breathe life into a stagnant concept.
But social media in general is only about two decades old and it’s just started to pick up a massive amount of steam with its 7 billion users, meaning these gripping thrillers should not, as of late, be relying almost entirely on the premise of the magical unknown just yet.
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