Here’s Why Erin Napier Is Turning off Her Comment Section for the Rest of the Year

Isabel Garcia
Photo credit: Manny Carabel - Getty Images
Photo credit: Manny Carabel - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

When protests first erupted across the country and around the world following the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police, many design stars with large followings used their platform to call for justice. Erin and Ben Napier, however, didn't post too much, claiming that social media isn't a space where real change happens. They believe that making a difference, instead, happens through everyday interactions. In a recent episode of a podcast, Erin further explains that simply posting something on social media that'll be forgotten about, rather than actually helping others, is just noise. Now, she plans to quiet some of that noise by turning off her comment section on social media for the rest of the year.

"Turning off comments till 2021 feels like a good move," she writes in the caption of an Instagram post of her and Ben. "It’s getting harder to shoulder every opinion from every direction at all times about everything when everyone is freaking out constantly. There’s too much noise." She then uses a metaphor about making the bed to illustrate why she thinks it's difficult to communicate effectively, especially over social media. "It’s like this: we’re each making a bed and can’t see how far the sheet is hanging on the other side. We can’t see what we can’t see."

The best we can do, she says, is to "show compassion in our differences" and accept that "we’re never going to be able to see all things the exact same way because our experiences are not the same." She continues: "It’s nothing to freak out about. No need to shove. Have mercy. Show grace."

At the end of the caption, she concludes that social media is for fun, and admits that she's bad at analogies. "So here, enjoy this totally candid and unposed image."

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