Screenshot of the show "You" during the trailer

Looking for “You”

By Andronica Owens
Web Content Contributor and Editor

From posting the best photos on Instagram, to tweeting a viral thought, many of us rely on social media for different reasons. We use it for entertainment, news, music, and as a tool to keep up with people around us. Social media has become a groundbreaking resource for us to utilize, but not many people stop to consider the dangers that come with posting your life on a website.

This can be a troubling event because, for example, if you’re trying to post your favorite drink at a local coffee shop, even though it is a harmless post about coffee, some people may use it against you. This is what happens in the Netflix series “You.”

The story begins in a normal fashion. Joe works at a bookstore with his socially awkward friend and helps out a young boy with a bad home life. Okay, this seems good so far. Then in walks Guinevere, or “Beck,” and they hit it off. Sure, keep going. Fifteen more minutes pass and it’s intriguing, but not absolutely amazing just yet.

Then, the plot thickens in an unexpected way. Netflix describes the show as dark and romantic, which is not the impression one gets when watching the first half of the pilot episode. However, upon further research, this psychological thriller started to make sense in more ways than one.

It was not a traditional love story. There couldn’t have been a happy ending and it took me a while to process the events happening in the series. There was drama, passion and thrill that made the show what it was, which was great.

A screenshot of a social media post taken from the show “You”
A seemingly harmless post can lead to unforeseen consequences, as seen in this screenshot of a social media post from the show “You.” Screenshot from Netflix.

There were still an important question hanging in the air: “Why are people talking about Joe as if he was a hero? Why is no one talking about how easily he became part of her life with just a few clicks on a phone?”

After scrolling through Twitter and even reading a few articles, I got the sense people had more problems with Beck and Peach. Those feelings were understandable, but where was the Joe slander? Had everyone romanticized and normalized everything Joe had done to a point where it was socially acceptable?

It was shocking to see so many people saying how attractive Joe was and even complimenting him on how much he did for Beck. While I can see the romantic appeal of someone going out of their way to make their partner happy, the things Joe did were not only intrusive, but illegal.

They did not get together in a conventional way. Joe running into Beck on multiple occasions wasn’t coincidence; he used her social media profiles to find out where she lived, where she worked, who her friends were, and he followed this woman all over the state of New York.

Netflix did such a great job in this adaptation that people are willing to overlook the overarching dangers of social media and how Joe was not a hero by any means. He used her posts and profiles as a tool to get what he wanted with no regard for anyone else, even if he did it out of “love.”

While the show was addictive, it was unnerving to see how easy it was for Joe to completely immerse himself in Beck’s life with the help of her Instagram. This show brought recognition to a prevalent problem in society, but people instead chose to focus on how Beck didn’t have any curtains on her windows.

Featured image courtesy of Netflix. 

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