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Why I'm Not on Facebook

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Breezy docu examines benefits, dangers of social media site.

Movie NR 2015 77 minutes
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Funny moments, eye-opening cluelessness, and a few insights into the far-reaching tentacles of Facebook keep this very personal movie lively and watchable. However, there's nothing new here, no "aha" moments, and no keenly observed or fresh notions. And though Pinvidic and company attempt objectivity, they can't resist a bit of eye-rolling at the participants who trust them, as well as the site that has come to fill their lives. Some of the interviewees, in fact, double-down on their need to be noticed (by Facebook or a video camera) by looking as oblivious on film as they do online. The "third act" of the piece is devoted to trying to understand the underlying emotional makeup of Facebook's ardent users. In this instance, Pinvidic calls upon psychologist Dr. Drew Pinsky, another reality TV star, who comes up with a simplistic hypothesis that is as generalized and naive as the site's most devoted fans.

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