Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has made recent comments about pulling back from social media use, and he seems pretty happy without it.
In an interview with The Irish Times, Taylor said he’s been off social media for six months and that time away has “been brilliant.” While some might be quick to point out his social media accounts are currently active, Taylor says he has someone run his social media accounts now.
Regardless, Taylor had nothing but positive things to say about being away from social media including, “It made me go back and read the news again. I read the news everyday. It’s not like I’m not up to speed with everything, but now I’m not getting sh-tty reactions to news stories. I’m not barraged by a bunch of memes in reaction to a news story here or there. Now I’m getting the story itself and I can form my own opinion. I can talk to people face-to-face about it. I can’t tell you how tired I am of people being incensed about something. That’s all news stories are now. It’s everyone looking for a reason to be mad. I’m tired of people being mad.”
Taylor continued, “There was a few years when I was dealing with some sh-t right around the end of my last marriage. The fallout from that marriage had forced me into social media, burrowing into a place where people wanted to make me feel better about things because it was bad in my house. I was really ensconced in social media for a while to the point where, when I came up for air, I had gotten to the point where the people on social media were my real friends and my real friends weren’t. It was because my real life had become so unhappy. When I got out of that situation, I took a long look at where I had gone to. It took me a long time to extricate myself from it and now, a year ago, I made the change…From social media, from my point of view, you don’t know who is trying to talk to you, who they are and what they want from you. When you don’t give them attention, they turn on you. I have had to deal with some serious sh-t because of that. It’s called cybertrolling. In a lot of ways it really is stalking. It’s the darker side of fame that people don’t want to talk about. It’s everybody from me to Chrissy Teigen. It’s really got to the point that it is a dogpile. If you don’t give them the right kind of response, they will come after you in the dirtiest ways creating different accounts under different names. That to me is enough not to ever go on social media again. It brings out the worst in people. It is social mania. It’s ridiculous.”
Taylor and Slipknot are currently overseas for a number of European tour dates. A complete tour itinerary can be found at Slipknot1.com.