In “Nosedive”, an episode of Black Mirror, an exaggerated version of our current world is displayed. In this dystopian society, in any given interaction, people can rate each other on a 1-5 scale. One’s average rating determines their socioeconomic status. The main character, Lacie, sees an advertisement for a new luxury apartment and upon seeking it out, is told her rating is too low to live there. Therefore, Lacie becomes obsessed with putting her ‘best’ (most fake) self out there so people will rate her highly and she can hopefully get the apartment. She gets the opportunity to be the maid of honor at her childhood friend’s wedding (who is very highly rated). She sees this as the perfect opportunity to get her own rating up and eventually get the apartment, however, she happened to have many unfortunate interactions right before the wedding, causing her rating to go down, and soon enough, her invitation to the wedding was revoked by her friend. She sneaks into the wedding and clearly has gone crazy due to this unhealthy obsession. Her rating falls below a one, and she is arrested.
While this episode is definitely far off from where we currently stand in terms of our relationship with technology, it is not absurd in any means to relate this to our current situation. Although it is not the same, ‘liking’ someone’s post on social media in a way feels like getting a rating which in turn causes us to perhaps feel more ‘popular’ or attractive. While this is not determining our socioeconomic status, it does in some way separate us in some sort of hierarchical way.