Madonna slams Instagram for making people ‘feel bad’

  • Hollywood pop star has spoken about the negative effects of social media.
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LOS ANGELES – Global star Madonna has recently criticised the popular video-sharing social networking service Instagram, which she says enslaves people into trying to win the approval of others.

The intervention from the pop singer, who has almost 14 million followers on the photo-sharing platform, comes amid an increasing focus of the harmful effects Instagram can have, particularly on young people.

“You get caught up in comparing yourself to other people. Should I be like that, act like that, look like that?” she told the UK-based publication ‘the Sun’.

“Will, that make me more popular, or more successful? People are a slave to winning other’s approvals. I refuse to bend a knee to convention and what society expects of me as a woman.”

Madonna had also stated that “I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad.”

Social networks are expected to soon encounter tighter laws amid growing concerns about child safety online, with companies being urged to prioritise the protection of their users over commercial interests.

During the talk with the media personnel, the “Queen of Pop” said social media culture “runs people’s lives” and she was fortunate to have grown up in the pre-social media era.

“I was lucky enough to have a life as an artist before the phone and Instagram and social media because I did have that time to develop as an artist and a human without feeling the pressure of judgment of other people or comparing myself to other people.”

She also added that it is now harder for artists to “stick to your guns and be who you are”, adding that the world needs “voices that are unique; we need inspiration … I want our other ­artists to think outside the box.”

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Do you find yourself getting stressed over social media for your business? Are you like me & get very anxious about making sure your feed is cohesive / looks good / is on brand / ‘matchy matchy’ blah blah blah?!?!? I’ve been AWOL the last couple of weeks because I have been having anxiety about not being good enough, about not having a perfect feed, about not being ‘matchy matchy’ – to the point where I have hibernated into self protect mode (my go to mode) & questioned everything about myself and what I want. I fell victim to looking at other people’s feeds & comparing. Comparing their end game on my beginning. Comparing their perfectly curated feeds on my not so perfect feed. I allowed comparison to be the thief of my love for social media and it completely stopped my in my tracks. In the end though, I’ve come back to the same thing time & time again… I actually really do love the ‘social’ side of social media! I love that I can connect with like minded people & we can motivate & inspire each other. I love that I can create a business that not only helps me to nurture my business & creative mind, but also helps others to have their own businesses. I love that I get to create. So I’ve planned my next week’s posts (not the captions though – I prefer to let my heart speak each time) and during this week I’ll also start the planning process for next week. I’ve enjoyed the planning & I know that I love the creating so I’m saying “stuff it” – let’s just do this & I’m hoping that if, like me, you are feeling the negative pressures of social media, you are able to take inspiration from me & show the world what you have to offer. Wishing you all an Amazing last week of May!.

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The veteran singer had also revealed that she had mentioned it to her 22-year-old daughter, Lourdes, to “stop being so consumed with the way you look or how people are going to compare you to me”.

“I feel bad for young people who haven’t had the opportunity to develop their character and who they want to be.” stated the 60 years old singer.

Madonna’s comments on the alarming effects on social media usage had aroused after the young generation’s mental and physical has begun a hot topic all around the world.

Excessive usage of social media is damaging to the mental health of teens. We are well aware of the fact that too much time spent scrolling through social media can result in symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. 

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