According to a recent Pew Research Center study, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook are the top social media platforms utilized by Americans. It’s not surprising. By now we all know that people love to spend hours looking at pictures, reading articles and watching videos of other folks “living their best lives” on social media—but how does all of  that people watching impact how Black women feel about their real lives, and each other?  MadameNoire took that query to the streets. On this episode of Listen to Black Women:Take It to the Streets host Lis Willis asks the question:”Do you believe social media pits Black women against each other?”

Our women kept it real and the truth is, well, kinda coily. Check out our latest episode to find out more.

While social media can serve as a source of inspiration, empowerment and information, many Black women expressed that they also feel bombarded by the overabundance of content and the pressure to be a certain “kind of Black women” to get attention.  There’s also another glaring issue, what about life in the real world? The desire to be liked in posted life leads to more highlight reel like interactions. Many people share they’re having a hard time staying connected to friends beyond “likes”, which adds to superficial interactions, loneliness and can lead to depression. It’s a lot.

The good news is that there are many ways to handle all the things that accompany living in the social media age… without completely logging off. Black women agree that social media isn’t a bad thing, but relying on it too heavily isn’t good for anyone’s mental health, so our women suggest redefining keeping it real. Some of their tips include carving out time to have face-to-face contact with people in real life—screen-to-screen video convos don’t count! Another powerful suggestion was being genuine about who you are and rejecting the urge to emulate things that don’t reflect your natural beauty when posting. Of course, there are tons of other great tips to help you love your best life online.

Check out our latest episode to find out more.

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Catch up on more episodes on Listen to Black Women: Take to the Streets.

Episode 1: Listen to Black Women: Take to the Streets is Here!

Episode 2: Black Women + Sexuality

Episode 4: What Black Moms Get Right (and Wrong)

Episode 5: Confronting Colorism

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