Madonna: “Instagram is made to make you feel bad”

Jun 20, 2019

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Madonna: “Instagram is made to make you feel bad”

Jun 20, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Instagram can have devastating effects on mental health and self-confidence in teenagers. There’s even a study showing how it affects their view of themselves and their lives. But it seems that even famous pop stars aren’t immune to the negative influence of social media. In a recent interview with The Sun, Madonna strongly criticized Instagram, claiming that it was “made to make you feel bad.”

The 60-year-old star opened up about her life, career, and family in the interview. But she also expressed her concerns about the popular social network. Madonna has nearly 14 million followers on Instagram, but she apparently doesn’t think well of the network. “You get caught up in comparing yourself to others. I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad,” she told The Sun. “People are really a slave to winning people’s approvals,” she added.

The singer added that the social media culture “runs people’s lives” and consequently makes it harder for upcoming stars to simply be who they are. “I was lucky enough to have a life as an artist before the phone and Instagram and social media,” Madonna says. “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.”

Apparently, Madonna isn’t the only superstar who has spoken up against Instagram. Interestingly enough Selena Gomez says that she doesn’t even have the app on her phone, but she accesses her account from someone else’s. Selena has one of the most popular Instagram accounts in the world with 152 million followers. However, she believes that “it’s just become really unhealthy for young people, including [herself], to spend all of their time fixating on all of these comments and letting this stuff in.” I find it interesting that both stars share the same opinion, but they belong to different generations.

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I do agree with Madonna that people have become slaves to winning other people’s approval. With social media, this kind of behavior has “exploded.” And I can’t deny that it’s unhealthy to spend all your time on Instagram and compare yourself with others.

However, I don’t think that Instagram was “made to make you feel bad.” It was made with a different purpose, just like other social networks. The problem is what we’ve made out of it. It’s our own responsibility to use social networks to a healthy extent. It’s also our own choice whether and how we compare ourselves to other people. We choose whether to allow something as trivial as Instagram posts rule our lives and form our opinions. Just like everything else – Instagram will inevitably make you feel bad if you use it to excess and in an unhealthy way.

[via FStoppers, The Sun; image credits: MTV International/Wikimedia Commons]

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14 responses to “Madonna: “Instagram is made to make you feel bad””

  1. Justin Barr Avatar
    Justin Barr

    Sorry I don’t trust pirates.

    1. Christopher R Field Avatar
      Christopher R Field

      Justin Barr they are HARRRRRRRable!!!!!

  2. Charlie Muller Avatar
    Charlie Muller

    It’s actually silicone and fillers from plastic origins- you can find in building materials…

  3. Charlotte Fiorito Avatar
    Charlotte Fiorito

    She’s right though. It’s poison.

  4. Robert Valdivia Avatar
    Robert Valdivia

    No.
    Being 60 and acting like you’re 25 and relevant (and utilizing autotune) makes everyone feel bad.

    1. Grace LC Avatar
      Grace LC

      Said the ageist misogynist.

  5. Sasha Volnikov Avatar
    Sasha Volnikov

    That eyepatch makes me feel bad

  6. Vik Dmitriev Avatar
    Vik Dmitriev

    Its actually true

  7. Diego Callegari Avatar
    Diego Callegari

    Well no. a working brain values that internet is equal haters on a big percentage. Once you don’t let any comment influence yourself, you can filter out the shit and can find decent people. Made more positive connections on insta than fb myself, so…

  8. Owen Strzelewicz Avatar
    Owen Strzelewicz

    Does the x over one eye mean she’s half dead?

  9. Daniel Lowe Avatar
    Daniel Lowe

    LOL, Madonna made a sex book, was on TV for a decade, in movies, etc. she’s an exhibitionist. She just misses the attention she used to get.

  10. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Instagram doesn’t make me feel bad. But then again, I use it only as intended: occasionally post an image to share and look at other people’s posts. The only ones unhappy are those that use it as an indication of social status.

  11. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    if you don’t like something your welcome to just move along, don’t like fb? don’t use it and please don’t give us a long ass post about why you are leaving, just leave.

  12. Roxer Roxercita Avatar
    Roxer Roxercita

    whatever.. the real question is.. does she need actually that patch?