Irish songstress Janet Devlin wants to escape the constant barrage of negativity if her new single ‘The Outernet Song’ is anything to go by.
You may remember the flame haired singer from the 2011 UK edition of ‘The X Factor’, on which she placed fifth behind eventual winners, girl group Little Mix.
Though she was just 16 years old when she appeared on the show, in its wake, the online trolling began until, at age 19, she decided to pen down her thoughts. Three years later, we have ‘The Outernet Song’.
“I discovered negative remarks about my appearance, unkind assessments of my talents, and apparently being over the hill at age 20,” Janet explains. “I soon became pretty desensitised to it all and learnt to ignore them; but not before writing down how I felt to help me process my feelings and move on.”
The track implores the listener to have the guts to – every once in a while – take a step back from social media and understand that, in the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that important.
“Just a small break is a window to re-evaluate,” she says. “Press the pause button on the never-ending scroll and go out and do something other than waiting for notifications, emails, or likes. Then come back to the magnificent world that is the internet and see it for what it really is.”
Check out the music video below.