BATH — On Feb. 6, R.S.U. 1 is offering the community the opportunity to see “LIKE,” a documentary on the societal impacts of social media.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and encourage family discussions about the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our day-to-day lives, and on society,” said Dean Emmerson, director of technology for RSU1.  “Since the film is being shown to all seventh and eighth graders in R.S.U. 1, we felt that offering parents the opportunity to see it as well would help jumpstart conversations.”

Director and Executive Producer Scilla Andreen was also involved in the production of “Screenagers,” which was shown in RSU 1 schools several years ago.

In “LIKE,” Andreen acknowledges that technology is here to stay and social platforms can be a place to connect, share and care.  However, Andreen uses facts and figures to try to show people how to recognize when it is time to step away from our devices.  Her goal in making this film was to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. In her words: “It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other.”

“We hope that some of the movie goers, both teens and adults, will stay after the screening to talk informally about the issues raised,” notes Emmerson.

The movie will be shown in the library’s second floor Community Room at 6:30 p.m.

Space in the Community Room is limited.  Register online or by visiting the Information Desk in the Reference Room at the library.

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