Taylor Swift on the Downside of Social Media: ‘Our Priorities Can Get Messed Up’
Throughout the majority of Taylor Swift's career, the music icon has utilized social media for a multitude of reasons. From album teases to music videos to just conversing with her fans about her cats, Swift knows all about the power of the medium.
But that doesn’t mean she always likes it.
“Our priorities can get messed up existing in a society that puts a currency on curating the way people see your life,” Swift says in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Social media has given people a way to express their art. I use it to connect with fans. But on the downside, you feel like there are 3 trillion new invisible hoops that you have to jump through, and you feel like you’ll never be able to jump through them all correctly.”
Swift goes on to say that she realizes she is just one of many people who are trying to find a happy medium when it comes to social media.
“I, along with a lot of my friends and fans, am trying to figure out how to navigate living my life and not just curating what I want people to think living my life is,” says Swift, who made waves in Nashville in April when she surprised fans by appearing at a mural she had commissioned in Music City to tease the release of her new song, "Me!"
“I’m not always able to maintain a balance, and I think that’s important for everyone to know about. We’re always learning, and that’s something that I also had to learn — that I’ve got to be brave enough to learn.”
Learning in the spotlight isn't always pretty. In fact, Swift says it's "humiliating sometimes."
“Do I feel more balanced in my life than I ever have before? Um, probably yeah. But is that permanent? No. And I think being okay with that has put me in a bit of a better position,” she says.
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