by G. Brown
Twitterstorms, FaceBook bots and Instagram instigations….social media is not so social. It’s often the source of fake news, lies, beefs and misunderstandings.
It’s also a “happiness killer” according to one actress. “Love & Basketball” an “Alien vs. Predator” star Sanaa Lathan has been on an odyssey to rediscover and redefine herself. Last year, she shocked friends when she shave off her long locks.
Her buzz cut was in preparation for an acting role, but she later discovered that shedding her tresses proved in cathartic once the shock of it all subsided. Lathan said, “It was actually really powerful and kind of weirdly cathartic and freeing”. The ” ” actress may have lost her trademark tresses, but she found a soul stirring confirmation in being a woman of color saying, ” [It feels like this is time] in terms of women of color coming into this amazing renaissance of owning who they are, and owning all of their beauty in whatever shape, size, color it is. There’s no more cookie-cutter, like, “This is the ideal.”
Lathan says the big chop for her Netflix role “Nappily Ever After” helped her to re-evaluate life and search for more love of self. Part of that self-love means re-evaluating social media which can be the source of and at times the very definition of negative energy. Lathan said, “But you know what is a real happiness killer? Social media. I don’t think it’s healthy for humans to constantly compare themselves. By nature, even if you see someone who you adore and they’re in Fiji, automatically you go, “Well, damn, I’m here.” I think the key to happiness is keeping your eyes on your path. Rarely are you going on [social media] and [thinking], “Ooh, I’m happy!” It’s always a shift toward a darker emotion. So I have to take social media breaks.”
Some experts agree that social media can be draining. Forbes Magazine recently cited a Nottingham Trent University study which focused on the psychological impacts of social media and discovered that it “triggers more sadness, Less well-being”, can be very addictive, lead to jealousy, delusion and greater feelings of “social isolation”.
Taking a social media break doesn’t mean quitting forever, but quite a few stars said good-bye, even if for a brief time, to social media. Here are 5 Stars Who Said Bye-Bye to Social Media.
Method Man As part of the hip hop sensation the Wu-Tang Clan, rapper Method Man was never short of snappy lines especially when it came to silencing critics (of there were many) even though Rolling Stone Mag called them “the best rap group ever” and NME crowned them one of the decade’s most influential groups. Even though rap and later acting made Method Man one of the most recognized entertainers of the time, he was never a social media maven. He lost all taste for the platform after a Twitter user posted a picture of his wife as she battled cancer.
Method Man asked the user to delete the photo and he soon left both Twitter and Instagram. You can still follow Method Man on both platforms, but don’t expect a lot of posts. Newsday says Method Man’s accounts have basically been dormant since 2016.
Solange The singer has struggled to find her own voice in spite of being little sister to one of the most famous singers in history. Still, Solange has made a name for herself in her own right and established her own identity. With her fame, comes trolls and negative fans who tried to tear her down. The attacks reach a new low when trolls set their sites on the songstress’ son. Back in 2013 Solange posted “Bye Bye Instagram and left the platform after people kept making negative comments. The “Where Do We Go” singer then relied on Twitter, but last year pulled the plug on that platform as well saying s “Been trying to study myself, been trying to practice self-preservation during this time and not give racist ugly ass fuc bois who reek of citronella my energy so that I can preserve my spirit to perform this album.”
Rihanna Hard to believe that Rihanna once called it quits on social media. With more than 63 million followers on Instagram today, a few years back RiRi was just over it all and went silent on IG. Her account was temporarily disabled back in 2014 as part of an automated system that flags photo deemed too racy or inappropriate. Fake RiRi accounts popped up all over the place…
— Rihanna (@rihanna) May 19, 2014
but after a few months the one and only Rihanna was back online and hoards of “Good Girl Gone Bad” fans couldn’t have been happier.
Leslie Jones The “SNL” funny lady had one of the most active social media presence thanks to her avid “Game of Thrones” and the Olympics addiction. Her posts were always entertaining and fun, until the summer of 2016 and a little film reboot called “Ghostbusters”. The supernatural comedy never lived up to it predecessor’s success but still managed to pull in almost $130 million at the domestic box-office. While the movie took a beating from some critics, The Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper gave it a D- calling it “one of the worst movies of the year”, no one took more of a beating than Jones who was one of four stars in the movie. Tweets slamming the movie took a much darker tone with Jones being subjected to horrible racist posts. Jones quit the platform for two days and came back with a triumphant refusal to let racists run her life.
Stars like Kanye have gone silent for years on social media to build up for a big come back on their next album or movie. In Kanye’s case, many wish he had maintained social media silence (remember that people chose to be slaves craziness!!).