Given my choice of bad positions to be in, I will always pick something other than side control. Mount? Definitely. Back mount? Sure. Knee on belly? Yup.
Side control sucks to be in and when rolling with someone halfway decent it can be exhausting to escape. Your opponent can put endless weight on you with little effort all while setting up chokes, armbars, americanas, kimuras, kneebars, footlocks, transitioning to the mount, knee on belly, your back, or gift wrap. Not fun.
When I started back at jiu-jitsu after a 7 year hiatus the first thing I noticed was my jiu-jitsu wasn’t as rusty as I would have expected. The second thing I noticed was how much I hated being on the bottom of side control and how little I could do about it.
So, I did what any sensible BJJ practitioner does: I searched YouTube for “BJJ side control escapes.”