Katy Perry Wants A World-Wide Social Media Blackout And It’s Not The Worst Idea
It feels counterintuitive for any current pop star to speak ill of the internet as a platform, considering how helpful it is as a promotion tool. But when Katy Perry called for a social media blackout in a recent interview, it didn’t sound like a half bad idea. Fully aware of the myriad of ways in which social media benefits her career, Perry said that she thinks it’s essential that everyone take at least a few moments a day to clear their heads sans internet.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan at the release party for her new line of cosmetics Katy Perry x Covergirl, she said she upholds a daily self-care ritual in which she puts away her phone and meditates for a minimum of 20 minutes. Twenty minutes of being alone with my thoughts sounds a bit daunting as a normal person, but I imagine it’s nice for a celebrity?
Katy Perry clarified that her desire for a social media blackout is more pro-moderation than it is anti-internet:
“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. 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. And I think it’s going to be really difficult for our focus and our attention spans moving forward. So I’d love if the world implemented an actual day of real rest.”
When asked by the interviewer if she’s genuinely proposed this to the internet she laughed and said she has in the past, only to be immediately trolled. One imagines the trolling is only misdirected aggression, spurred by potentially missing out on Instagram gems such as this.
Although a complete and permanent social media blackout is unrealistic for Perry and many of us with jobs and commitments that center around an online presence, the idea of a day (or weekend) where social media is completely shut down sounds like a tiny slice of heaven.
Because even Perry understand that for her, social media is less of a choice and more of a job requirement, she posed for a selfie with the woman who just interviewed her about taking a break from social media. Bathe in how meta that is, man. Let it sink in.