Arianna Huffington crowned DJ Khaled the “king of social media,” which, considering his 11 million followers, is pretty accurate. The Grammy-nominated recording artist and best-selling author has taken the music industry and the Internet by storm, and he joined Huffington on The Thrive Global Podcast, in partnership with iHeartRadio and Sleep Number, to talk about the negative side of growing an online empire.
“Social media is addicting,” Khaled confessed, “For somebody to say they’re not addicted to social media, they’re probably lying to themselves.” Huffington agreed with Khaled, emphasizing the scientific data that has linked excessive social media use to rising rates of anxiety and depression. “This year, we’ve heard so much about how social media can lead to a lot of problems for people,” Huffington noted, “Especially among teenagers.”
Although we can’t expect everyone to delete their accounts entirely, Khaled pointed out that there are steps individuals can take to set healthy boundaries with these addictive platforms – and he has done so himself. “What I do…[is] follow anybody out there that’s inspiring, motivating, or putting out great energy or love out there,” he noted. By only following accounts that encourage positivity and encouragement, we can somewhat control what we see when scrolling through our feed – but the solution may start with our own posts. “If you notice, what I put out on social media… if it’s not [providing] inspiration or motivation or a great message, then I don’t need to put it out there,” he said.
DJ Khaled has cultivated an astounding fanbase on Snapchat and Instagram, but he confessed that these platforms can have their negative side effects as well. “Social media can also do negative things, because people use social media to lie, to bring people down, tear people down and just make it negative,” he said. “I don’t believe in tearing people down on social media. I think that’s weak. I think it’s negative. I think it’s just not right.”
Setting boundaries with our devices doesn’t always come easy, and we often forget to look around and see the world beyond our consuming feeds. But until then, it helps to stay aware of our habits, and take small steps to create a relationship with technology that allows us to maintain a positive perspective. “Put in good energy,” Khaled suggested. “Use it for good energy.”