WHY JULLY BLACK WANTS KIDS TO PUT DOWN THEIR PHONES AND MAKE A CONNECTION

The Canadian singer rethought her relationship with social media — and wants others to do the same

Canadian R&B artist Jully Black is the spokesperson for the 2019 campaign Unplug to Connect. (CBC)

Canadian singer-songwriter Jully Black says the death of her mother forced her to re-examine her priorities, including the amount of time she spends online.

“I say my mom’s last breath became my first breath, and so [now] I take time to breathe and really feel the ground under my feet,” said Black.

Part of that was making the time she spends online more meaningful.

A few years ago, she took four months off all social media, after she felt that social media was “mastering” her. When she went back online, she unfollowed 5,000 people on her social media accounts, and poured the time she regained into focusing on health and nutrition.

Now she’s trying to help young people do the same.

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