The Most Chilling Scenes From 'You' On Netflix That Will Completely Change How You Look At Social Media
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The Most Chilling Scenes From ‘You’ On Netflix That Will Completely Change How You Look At Social Media

It’s easy to post something convincing on social media.

It’s also pretty easy to stalk someone online.

I mean, you could lie about where you are and what you’re doing, but if someone stalks enough, they can figure out the truth themselves.

‘You’ on Netflix puts social media and relationships under a whole new light. It shows the unsettling reality of a stalker/murderer and their victims, all the while proving the difference between obsessing over someone and really, genuinely loving them.

*contains spoilers*

  1. “Pilot”

The first stalk. Ahhhh.

Hours after meeting for the first time, Joe stalks Beck intensely on social media. He sees how much she puts online but how it’s merely a collage of what she does and what she likes, rather than it being who she really is. He also notices how she doesn’t mention anything about him online. To him, that meant they “really connected” in real life because what she doesn’t post online is the real stuff.

2. “The Last Guy in New York”

Just as Joe learns about Benji and who he is with Beck, we learn how much Joe hates Benji and how far he’ll go to get him out of the picture. While Joe’s keeping Benji hostage in the basement of the bookstore, he’s also updating Benji’s social media accounts to make it less suspicious and more like Benji just went on a trip somewhere. The scariest part? This has probably has happened before in real life…

3. “You Got Me, Babe”

Joe still stalks Beck online everyday, even after their breakup. When he notices that she deleted herself everywhere–on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter–he panics. He wonders how he can let go of her when she’s actually gone. It’s scary to think that there might be someone out there who keeps up with your posts on social media and if you were to delete your account, someone would be genuinely upset about it.

4. “Candace”

Beck finds out about Candace, Joe’s ex, and thinks there’s something a little weird with her and her disappearance. She stalks Candace on Instagram, finds a tagged photo of her friend Maddie and where Maddie works. She goes to her work, asks questions about Candace, and starts to gather enough information to think that maybe Joe is actually kinda sus.

Here’s an obvious statement: if you post something on social media with a location of where the photo was taken, anyone looking at the post will click on the location, stalk you, and go through the profiles of anyone else tagged. That’s just what social media has become, or, maybe it’s just always been like that. TC mark

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Kelly Peacock

Brooklyn-based poet, writer, and music enthusiast.