Solange Knowles attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Launch Event at Spring Studio on September 5, 2013 in New York City

Solange Knowles attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Launch Event at Spring Studio on September 5, 2013 in New York City

*The downside of opening up on social media was too much for Solange Knowles to bear.

The singer and sister of Beyonce was a big fan of such sites as Instagram and Twitter, but she has now decided to stay away after attracting a slew of criticism over pictures of her family.

She tells Concrete Loop, “I think just because I’ve been in the industry for so long… I’ve always been a part of a very accessible kind of movement of technology. I was on Twitter very early on…

“I think one of the reasons I actually went off of Instagram is because I would post pictures of my son or of my friends, and they would be criticized. And my whole thing is that I’m completely, fully capable of handling negativity for myself. But to put that kind of access to negativity behind people who didn’t even ask for it was really troubling to me.”