Laura Benanti Advocates Social Media Caution for Daughter’s Sake

Actress Laura Benanti joins a celebrity-backed movement advocating for a ban on social media for children.

  • Laura Benanti, Tony-winning actress, expresses concerns about the negative effects of social media, calling it a “poison.”
  • Benanti believes that social media has a detrimental impact on mental health, referencing the book “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport.
  • She argues that constant communication on social media is not normal for our brains and triggers a fight or flight response.
  • Benanti acknowledges her own hypocrisy, as she uses social media to promote her work while wanting to eliminate it.
  • The actress is particularly concerned about the impact on young people, especially young girls.
  • Benanti, along with her husband Patrick Brown, is actively seeking solutions to protect their daughter Ella Rose from the negative aspects of social media.
  • They propose a pact to fellow parents in their community to delay giving their kids phones or social media until they are at least 16.

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  • Benanti emphasizes the need for collective commitment to prevent their children from feeling like outcasts for not having social media.
  • Several other celebrity parents, including Kelly Clarkson, Matthew McConaughey, and Jennifer Garner, have expressed concerns about social media’s impact on their children.
  • Jennifer Garner challenges her kids to find scientific evidence supporting the benefits of social media for teenagers.
  • Benanti acknowledges the ongoing fears and challenges of parenting, describing it as the hardest, scariest thing she will ever do.
  • She emphasizes the importance of self-compassion and self-forgiveness, especially as a perfectionist and people pleaser.
  • Benanti talks about seeking therapy for herself and her child to navigate the challenges of parenting.
  • The actress is working on instilling the importance of loving oneself unconditionally in her daughters.
  • Laura Benanti’s solo show, “Laura Benanti: Nobody Cares,” addresses her experiences and challenges as a parent, with original music by Benanti and Todd Almond.

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