There’s a temptation to roll your eyes when famous musicians swear they’re quitting social media, via their social media accounts! They’re usually back and posting up a storm very soon after, with no explanation or apology for the dramatics.
There are multiple reasons for their returns, including the exposure that these platforms allow them to enjoy, the direct contact they are able to make with their fans, and the chance to get their ideas out in their own words without the danger of anything being taken out of context.
Our smartphones do so much these days. We can Tweet, use Instagram, check our emails, and even check out the details for things like Cox Plate betting if we want to, but it’s hard to keep a balance, as these musicians found.
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe
Stipe revealed in an interview with Newsnight that he was seriously considering shutting his Instagram account down, saying that he had just had enough. He went on to state that he felt that everyone deserved better, and that a more generous platform may be created if enough people followed in his footsteps. He added that he’s never had a Facebook account, because he simply wasn’t interested in what it offered, and that he feels that, as a public figure, it’s not the kind of thing that he would do in any case.
Gomez has also repeatedly expressed her reservations regarding Instagram. When being interviewed by Vogue back in 2017, she said that the fact that she was the most followed person on Instagram had been a bit disturbing for her, and was something she’d struggled to get her head around.
She spoke of Instagram becoming consuming, and she found herself on it morning, noon, and night. She likened it to being an addict, and said that there was also frequently things she didn’t want to see or start caring about popping up. She spoke of always feeling terrible after spending time on the app, and stated that she’s taken some time off of it now, and is not posting or looking at other people’s accounts as much as she once was.
She took a brief break, and then returned, sort of. She recently told Elle magazine that she’s simply not on the internet that much anymore, and hadn’t been for months. She said that she no longer had her Instagram password, and that she had removed all applications from her phone and had just a brain game on it!
Miley Cyrus’ Instagram and Twitter profile pictures are blacked out at the moment, and she also seems to have deleted every single one of her Instagram pictures. The reason why? She’s made no official statement, but her fans suspect that she’s taking time off of social media in order to record new tracks. The idea of dropping off of these applications in order to focus on work is relatively common, with both Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran recently doing the same thing.