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The Social Delusion
64 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Signing Out of The Social Delusion
PSA: this is going to be our last ever podcast episode! Over the last few months there’s been a lot going on for the guys here at The Social Delusion, so we’ve decided to put the podcast in the backseat while we focus on exciting things to come.In this episode we talk one last time about what’s happening in the news- from the new vaccine (& whether we’ll take it!) to coming out of lockdown again... as well as the Sainsbury’s Christmas ad that caused so much controversy.We end the episode reminiscing on the whole experience of doing a podcast together & discussing what comes next for us all. We hope you’ve loved this journey as much as we have, & thank you for rocking with us this year. It’s truly been a pleasure... Over & out!
52 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Christmas Ads, Consumer Mentality & Spending Beyond Our Means
As we’re now approaching the festive season, our TV screens & social media feeds are becoming filled with Christmas adverts from all of our favourite brands & retailers. In this episode, we take a look at changing buying habits as consumers start to spend more (even during a pandemic!). We consider the possible correlation between social media and today’s spending psyche - where there seems to be more of a need to have the latest items & keep up to a lifestyle that’s possibly not sustainable. We also discuss some of the financial & environmental implications this mentality is having on our society.
48 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Body Image & Appearance - Has Social Media Made Things Worse?
The constant awareness of our physical appearance has never been so intensified due to the socially charged world that we live in. In today’s episode, we open up about how our appearances have affected us personally as guys and what the road looks like when it comes to self-love and finding peace in ourselves. We also discuss some of our concerns for the younger generation who live in a digital age that is constantly feeding them a false preconception of beauty & the implications of that.
33 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
National Lockdown, Free School Meals & US Election Week - Better the Devil You Know Than the Devil You Don't...Right?
We’re stepping into a week where the government have just announced a month-long national lockdown & America are about to find out who’s going to be their president for another 4 years. TIP: It’s a lot to deal with all at once & disconnecting from social media might just be the ideal remedy for our well-beings. We look at whether we needed another lockdown or if the government have once again acted a tad too late. Also, with our friends across the pond on the cusp of finding out the results of the elections this week, we discuss if the saying “better the devil you know than the angel you don’t” (as Toni puts it) has any truth in it.
52 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
People Pleasing, the Desire to Feel Accepted & Learning How to Say No
In a world that constantly requires us to seek validation and recognition from our social circles, we unpack the idea of being a people pleaser; where does it stem from? Is it something that we can just switch off? Is it just an insecurity problem or is the root of the issue deeper than that? We discuss some of our experiences and how we’re learning when to say yes and how to say no in order to take control of our lives.
39 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Lockdown 2.0, #FatimaCyberCampaign & Do Creatives Need to Rethink & Reskill In Order to Reboot Their Careers?
With Covid cases shooting up once again in the UK & the government introducing a 3-tier system nationwide to reduce the spread of the virus, we discuss the impact of these new restrictions on an already high unemployment rate. A cyber ad that was back by the government which insinuated that creatives need to rethink their careers in this current condition caused a lot of controversy, especially in the performing arts industry. In this episode, we evaluate whether the government are right to raise this concern to an industry that’s been seriously affected by the pandemic, or if it was an insult to the creative industry which is somewhat under-appreciated.
31 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
How Soon is Too Soon to Post Your Relationship Online? What Are the Pressures That Come With That & Are They Any Benefits of Keeping It All Offline?
In our first episode under our new name, it was only right to discuss a social dilemma that a lot of people face- sharing their relationship to the entire online community. We talk about some of our experiences of when we felt it was the right time to do this & to what extent do we take it to when it comes to sharing such information. We also look at what the actual point of doing this is & the possible implications that comes with that new territory.
23 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
R.I.P. BGST! What’s Next for Us & A Rant on the Latest Govt. Restrictions
Yeah you heard it right, Rest In Peace to BGST - but just the name!! We aren’t going anywhere! Today we reflect on what’s been going on with the podcast over the last couple of weeks & the new direction that we’re taking it. We also have a brief conversation on some of the latest government guidelines & who’s really to blame for all the confusion.
58 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Non-Negotiables- Can They Be Flexible? The Generic Criteria List & Staying True to Who You Are in a Relationship
The search for a partner can sometimes feel like criteria checklist- How tall are they? Can they cook? Are they religious? Do they make enough money? Today we discuss some of our non-negotiables (do we even have any?), as well as some of the generic ones we normally hear about. We also ask the question if a non-negotiable can be flexible as well as what’s the fine line between staying true to who you are, & changing certain traits of oneself as a result of being in a relationship with someone.
53 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
Digital Minimalism - The Social Dilemma, Is There Any Reason to Be Online? & a post-Instagram World
Welcome to the digital age. Our conversation today may make you want to run away and with nothing but a tin foil hat! We discuss some of the hidden dangers and realities of social media...especially since we all can't live without it. We talk about some of the ways we can be conscious about what we consume and social media companies really see us. Also we have fun struggling to keep Jack's mic in position.
45 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Digital Minimalism - Are We Losing the Ability to Think for Ourselves? Would You Get the Chip? & Digital Decluttering
Still on the conversation of digital minimalism, we discuss how we’ve somewhat become overly reliant on technology to carry out even the most mundane & simple tasks. With the ever-growing presence of social media in our lives, we talk about some of the negative ways social media affects us as guys which begs to ask the question- “Is the digital domain becoming the new metrics of defining self worth?”
39 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Digital Minimalism - Solving A Problem Like America, Happy Slapping & The Irresponsibility of Social Media CEOs
After another police shooting in the USA, we discuss the influences of social media and the responsibility of tech companies with content monitoring and sensitivity. We also delve into the negative perceptions of police and the dangers of the broken relationship between that authority and the general public. What is the best way to deal with police brutality in America? And what is the role that social media can play in fixing the issue?
34 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Digital Minimalism - Have We Lost the Art of Face-to-Face Conversations & Have We Become Overly Reliant on Technology as a Means of Communication?
We use technology an incredible amount in our modern world. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, we check our phones and plug ourselves into Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc. and connect immediately with the rest of the world - but how much is too much? What boundaries do we set ourselves? Do we eat dinner with friends while staring at our phones? Can we carry normal conversations without the need for an emoji or a 10 minute break to formulate your answer? We have the tools to be close to each other all the time but are we really further than ever? Let's talk tech...
37 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
How Do You Handle Burnout? The Glorification of the “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” Mentality & Appreciating the Value of Rest
The world is speeding up, & we’re keeping up... barely. In this episode, we discuss some of our experiences of burning out and the effect it can have on us physically & mentally. In a society that is plagued with the notion of working tirelessly & relentlessly as the only path to success, how do we balance work and rest, while staying sensitive to our mental health & working smart?
34 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
Dirty 30: What we've learnt
It’s our 30th episode!! In this light-hearted session, we spend some time looking back at some of our favourite moments since we started recording together, some of the challenges we’ve faced quite early into this podcast journey and some of the lessons we’ve learnt so far!
37 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Should we wear masks in public? British entitlement & Trump banning TikTok
Coronacast makes a cameo this week as we seemingly head towards another spike. We discuss how the UK & the government has handled the pandemic, the implications of delaying lockdown & how lockdown rules could’ve been enforced differently. Can common sense override decisions made by the government? We also turn our attentions (very briefly!) over to our friends across the pond to discuss Trump’s latest agenda...
37 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Relationships aren't black and white. They take hard work, commitment, compromise and a lot of other really difficult things. But what about when you're both different - not just in gender, but in race and culture? Is dating outside of your race just a fancy or a fetish? What difference does it make to not come from the same place? How big an impact can little differences make? How do we navigate the already futile world of committed romantic relationships with people that are socially divergent from ourselves? All on this weeks episode!
36 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
The Economy is Dead
How do we handle the job market in the modern world? More specifically, how do we handle the job market with Corona Virus shaking things up almost daily? We talk about working corporately vs through self-employment, multiple income streams and sacrificing to build towards the future.
51 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
On the latest episode, we discuss the modern form of boycotting, which our generation calls “Cancel Culture”. We look into the issues with the cancel culture & how it can be linked with online shaming.. but also raise the questions- does this generation grant people the space to grow and change and should companies/celebrities be held accountable for their actions? If so... what’s the healthiest approach to this?!
33 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
Colourism Pt. 2
Colourism is a facet of racism that exists both internally and externally to ethnicities. It has a subconscious effect on how we see and engage with people everyday. This week we carry on our conversation on what that means for us and where we draw these assumptions and unconscious baises from and how tightly it is linked to imagery, culture and history.
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