Kate Winslet’s specific reasoning behind social media ban

Amber Evetts

Kate Winslet has an interestingly specific reason why she doesn’t want her children using social media.

Jan 22, 2002; Santa Monica, CA, USA; Actress KATE WINSLET @ the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lisa O Connor/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 2002 by Lisa O Connor
Jan 22, 2002; Santa Monica, CA, USA; Actress KATE WINSLET @ the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lisa O Connor/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 2002 by Lisa O Connor

In an interview recently, with the Sunday Times Winslet discussed her parenting decision to ban all forms of social media in her home.

She said, “It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem, because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them”…”and what comes along with that? Eating disorders. And that makes my blood boil. And that is the reason we don’t have any social media in our house.”

When I first read this I found it interesting that her reasoning behind the social media ban was specifically about eating disorders, however after thinking about it more (and googling “social media eating disorders”) I found that it’s not such a bizarre train of thought after all.

Social media is full of people – specifically young girls – who are dealing with issues of acceptance and loving their body. You can search hash tags on various media platforms like #thinspogram or #thighgap… these hash tags can be super negative or harmful for people who are dealing with body issues like anorexia or bulimia.

Eating disorders like this have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Anorexia, in particular has a mortality rate 12 times higher than any other cause of death in women ages 15 – 24. These hash tags are sometimes even accompanied by disgusting captions like “pretty girls don’t eat” or “Skip dinner, be thinner.”

With things like this going around, it’s easy to understand why Kate Winslet decided that her kids don’t need to be involved with social media. However, it is sad that this nasty side of social media can give the platform such a negative image. Social media is a great way to spread a message and stay connected in this quickly changing world.

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