With three children of 12, 10, and 8, Matthew McConaughey knows how toxic social media can be. In a conversation with Drew McIntyre on Twitter, McConaughey spoke out about the dangers social media presents. While it can be a good tool, more often than not, McConaughey believes it can be a forum for putting down others.
“Had a very cool chat with Mattew McConaughey about the perils of social media,” McIntyre said in the tweet. “Please don’t put others down to pump yourself up, just try and be kind to each other.”
In the brief video, McIntyre asks McConaughey about his relationship with social media. While McConaughey claims to stay away from it as much as possible, his children sometimes suffer from these perils. “I don’t [dwell on social media’s negativity], but I think about it because I have kids,” McConaughey says. “It’s a great tool– social media– but at the same time… So often on social media, we feel like if I put you down, I pump myself up… but that’s a short charge.”
Ultimately, Matthew McConaughey’s point is that social media encourages us to rely on others’ approval. McConaughey encourages us not to think this way. “Don’t rely on seeking others’ approval for your own sense of significance,” he says. He has been a dedicated father to his three children and wants them to grow up in a world without the negativity of social media.
Matthew McConaughey on Another “Broken Business,” Politics
While the 51-year-old actor has not ruled out the possibility of entering a political career, he does want to put himself in leadership roles where he can be most useful. McConaughey does not see that in politics. However, the eccentric personality has considered running for governor of Texas, according to Daily Mail.
“I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me,” he mentioned. “It would be up to the people more than it would me. I would say this. Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.”