Modern-day worries for our young people.
Eight participants were welcomed into “The Circle” and given a chance to win £50,000. Some chose to be themselves while others decided to play the game a little differently and catfish their fellow contestants.
After the first week of the game, we have learnt about the power of social media already. The aim of the game is ultimately to be popular, gain the highest ratings from your fellow contestants and become an influencer with the power to send others home.
The majority of the contestants chose to be themselves, some have obviously not. The show highlights the paranoia and questioning contestants within “The Circle” go through on a daily basis. The show shines a mirror on the views of society on social media, with more and more stories being told of the dangers of meeting people online and not in person. “The Circle” reveals how easy it is to pretend to be someone you are not and get away with it.
You have contestant Alex playing the game as Kate, using his girlfriend’s photographs and her top tips on how to be believable as a girl in her twenties. It was a tactic that worked well and put Kate at the highest rated contestant twice in a row, meaning that she became an influencer with the power to block one of the other contestants.
However, Alex’s lies began to crumble by the end of the week when fellow female contestants Sian and Aiden began to question if she was being real.
Similar to Facebook and Twitter, where the likes and shares a post receives often reveal popularity, the five-star rating system in “The Circle” does the same.
Contestants cannot help but play a game to receive the highest rating to gain power and avoid being blocked.
The show echoes an episode of “Black Mirror” where the only way to survive is to be rated highly by people that you have never met and is the main reason that the contestants have kept secrets and told lies. An example of this is contestant Genelle who has her six-month-old daughter but chose to keep this a secret so it would not affect her chances of staying.
The show has so far shone a light on the dangers of Social Media and how we, at all times, must ensure we are supporting our young people always to question if the people online are really who they say they are.