Kendall Jenner had one of the most followed Instagrams in the world…and now, it’s gone. Monday morning, she left fans scratching their heads, wondering where her page was. Why did she say goodbye? Well, several theories have been emerging.
One theory is one we’ve talked about plenty here at SaferTech: excess technology = sleep disturbance & anxiety. Recently, bloggers have personally attacked Kendall for some modeling choices (namely, imitating highly skilled professional ballerinas in a recent shoot) Kendall’s battle with anxiety had led to a stint with a frightening phenomenon called sleep paralysis.Sleep paralysis is totally freaky. It’s when you wake up from a sound sleep and you can’t move – but you can sense an ominous presence in the room. Now, that’s probably just your mind playing tricks on you – but it’s terrifying if you’ve had it happen. It’s possible Kendall is more sensitive to energy emitted by wireless technology more than others. We’ve already talked at length about how even the anticipation of receiving a text or social media message can keep kids up at night and adversely effect their schooling, so that makes sense.
Another theory is one of safety. Kendall had described a recent break-in from an obsessed stalker in her Hollywood Hills home as “the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.” As you may remember by our earlier blog, her big sister Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris last month and has gone silent on social media ever since. Perhaps, the peace was inspiring to Kendall, who was the most decidedly vocal about the family’s addiction to Instagram life.
The exodus might be temporary: Kendall last month said that she sees obsessive behavior in others sometimes, causing her to back off her own digital delights.
She recalls a vacation she took with her little sister, Kylie, two years ago. “It was the first time we had ever been to this beautiful place, and we were sitting in a car,” she says. “I was just zoning out, taking it all in. And Kylie wouldn’t put her phone down. I’m like, ‘That’s so crazy to me that you’re not experiencing this.’ That was the moment it kind of clicked for me. And I didn’t like it. So sometimes I delete Instagram or Twitter or Snapchat off my phone for a couple days.”
In the same Allure article by Jancee Dunn she says,
“I find it offensive if you’re with someone at a dinner and they’re just sitting on their phone the whole time,” she says, leaning forward intently. “I take that personally. Like, am I not interesting enough for you to talk to me? It’s so crazy because even though we talk about trying to be present, everyone wants to be in the future now.”
She once put on her Twitter, a James Blake lyrics “Put that away and talk to me”, a likely reference to our obsession with our phones and social media.
Kendall has always seemed like the most level-headed, grounded sibling in the family and perhaps we can take a lead from this wise young lady. The importance of personal serenity and safety far exceed “likes” and “followers” at the end of the day? How do you practice self-care and digital detox in the face of overwhelming technology?
"Kendal Jenner Keeps Getting More Famous" by Jancee Dunn - http://www.allure.com/story/kendall-jenner-allure-october-2016-cover-interview?mbid=social_facebook