Katy Perry Proposes A Social Media Blackout
"I feel like social media is very narcissistic"
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For the most part, we all have a complicated relationship with social media. Unless you're totally off the grid (which at this point requires a conscious effort in itself), at least some portion of your brain is probably occupied by selfie filters, newsfeed content, and follower anxiety. It turns out that not even media queen Katy Perry is immune to the daily trappings of Instagram and Facebook—so she's proposing a worldwide break.
"Speaking from someone who has a lot of social media spotlight, I feel like social media is very narcissistic and displays a life that isn't really real," she told Cosmopolitan. "I wish there was a thing like Shabbat that wasn't particularly religious-based, that was kind of a worldwide day where we're not on our phones—like a movement."
For those unfamiliar with the Jewish tradition, Shabbat is the weekly day of rest during which participants abstain from the use of electricity in order to relax and recharge. Perry incorporates a version of this custom into her own life, stashing away her phone and meditating for 20 minutes every day. Still, she believes the world could benefit from a stricter, 24-hour social media purge.
"I just think something like this would be really great for our minds, especially because kids today—if they weren't born in the '80s—don't even know what a life without Internet is like," she added. "So I'd love if the world implemented an actual day of real rest."
No arguments here.