Promoting her recently-released 14th album, Madame X, Madonna has spoken about the negative effects of social media, particularly on younger people. Talking toThe Sun, the singer, who has almost 14 million followers on Instagram, specifically calls out the social network, saying it’s “made to make you feel bad”.
“You get caught up in comparing yourself to others... People are really a slave to winning people’s approvals.”
“I was lucky enough to have a life as an artist before the phone and Instagram and social media,” the 60 year old singer continues: “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.”
Obviously, Madonna’s comments come at a point when the effects of social media upon mental and physical health are a hot topic. We’re all familiar with how Instagram caters to projections of unattainable lifestyles, while cracking down on people’s expressions of their real identity.
So despite some trials to reduce the pressure of social media, it’s understandable that Madonna is still concerned with its effects. She has children ranging from ages six to 22 and, for that age bracket, it’s going to come with significant problems for the foreseeable future.