In a frank new interview, Madonna has voiced her concerns about the effects of Instagram. The 60-year-old says she feels bad for upcoming artists who have to constantly compare themselves to others, and says the photo-sharing app is designed to “make you feel bad.”
Speaking to The Sun, she said:
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 [..] social media culture runs people’s lives and makes it harder for artists to stick to their guns and be who they are.
She drew particular attention to the way in which users get caught up comparing themselves and their lives to other peoples’, stating that usage of social media often leaves a person questioning whether they should act a certain way in order to become more popular.
Madonna is not the only high-profile musician to speak out against the platform recently, with Selena Gomez – who has for the past few years been one of the most popular people on the platform with 152 million followers – claiming she removed the app from her own phone. “I think it’s just become really unhealthy for young people, including myself, to spend all of their time fixating on all of these comments and letting this stuff in,” she said.