Black Mirror Reflection: Let’s Keep In Touch

By Karly Caton

A group of female college students value staying connected with each other throughout the day on campus. They are a social group and enjoy going out and often stay out very late.

On many occasions, they drink too much and cannot remember the events that occurred the night before. This behavior is normalized due to many occurrences that have recently been documented within society.

In an effort to stay connected and keep track of one another on late night endeavors, each group member has downloaded an application on their phones that tracks their every move as long as they have their cell phones.

This application becomes helpful when a member of the group cannot be reached or hasn’t spoken to a member of the group in a while. They view this app as a way to keep each other safe.

The group of four girls each had varying personalities, backgrounds, majors, and relations with various people outside of the friend group. One character would be the athlete, another the sorority president, the nerd, and the class president.

Although the girls were very different, they got along with one another, and would never want something bad to happen to one another. As the friend group grew throughout the years, the more members with access to their locations grew. It turned in to a way to figure out where parties were located on the weekends.

By the time they made it to senior year, the tracking group had hundreds of members. Anyone in the group had the ability to add a new member at any time. This safety measure became unsafe for girls when they realized college students are not the only people who have been viewing their locations.

They begin seeing a random group member’s location exactly where they are at all times, even while at home. They cannot figure who the stalker is until one day they find themselves in a warehouse where they have been kidnapped and trapped.

Once they are kidnapped, they learn the kidnapper has had access to their locations since they agreed to the location setting on their phones. The kidnapper explains the only way to survive is to do the same to other students and join this new group.

This idea becomes an ending cycle, and the tracking accessibility makes it easier for criminals to gain access to locations of young college students.

The lesson of this episode is that people need to be more aware of apps understanding the dangerous impacts they can have. These technological advancements can be helpful, but people should be aware of the access they are permitting and the possible dangers of it.

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