Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Talks Social Media Addiction In New Book

By David Konow 01/16/19

The singer reveals his battle with social media and addiction in his new book.

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Corey Taylor of Slipknot performs in support of That Metal Show featuring Anthrax, Living Colour and Burn Halo at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California on July 25, 2014
“Instagram, Twitter… For about three months solid, that’s all I did, ignoring my fucking duties and shit." Randy Miramontez | Dreamstime.com

Corey Taylor, the lead singer of Slipknot, has been very open with the public about his struggles with addiction, and in his next book, he’ll be confessing an addiction to social media.

As Loudwire reports, Taylor will examine the link between addiction and social media in his new book, and it’s apparently something he understands firsthand.

“There’s a flare in addiction right now and it’s one of the things I’m working on in my new book,” he explains. “There’s a correlation between that and social media – all of the shit that’s been triggered because of social media, the same kind of dopamine trigger. It’s compulsion, gratification, compulsion, gratification. It’s just a constant cycle.”

Taylor admits he had become addicted to social media himself, adding he had “just gotten separated and I kind of went down a crazy wormhole and I was really depressed . . . I had just been through hell. Before, you’re a single guy, you go out, you play the scene, you do whatever. Now, you’ve got all this crazy shit at your fingertips. For an addict, it was fucking nuts.

“Instagram, Twitter… it took me a while to get out of it,” Taylor continues. “For about three months solid, that’s all I did, ignoring my fucking duties and shit. The only time I would really fucking get away from it was when I was with my kids. Then the compulsion would come right back and I was like, ‘What is going in?’ It took me so long to settle that compulsion down … If I could get rid of it all, period, I would.”

As far as Taylor’s belief that his addiction transferred to social media, there is certainly a lot of speculation these days about whether social media could be a true addiction that needs to be taken seriously. Many reports have found a link between social media and depression, and recently Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce made the analogy between social media addiction and the cigarette industry.

“It’s addictive,” Benioff told CNBC. “It’s not good for you. There’s people trying to get you to use it that even you don’t understand what’s going on. The government needs to really regulate what’s happening.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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