This Real Housewife Thinks Social Media Is Ruining Our Lives

But Brandi Glanville can’t stop tweeting


Who Brandi Glanville

Age 41

Accomplishments Star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; author (her new book, Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance, will be released Feb. 11)

Base Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

I guess it would be the weather. Later, I listen to the news on the radio—always very kid-friendly news because I drive my kids to school in the mornings. We also listen to Kiss FM, Ryan Seacrest. Very vanilla.

Your first book was titled Drinking and Tweeting. What are your other go-to social platforms?

I’ve actually been going back to Facebook. I’ve been joking with my friends that Facebook is the new Twitter. I’m kind of behind with Instagram because I just got an iPhone.

The subtitle of your new book, Drinking and Dating, is “P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance.” Why is that?

It’s actually ruining all of our lives, to be honest. People are forgetting how to be social, how to have conversations. And as far as romance goes, there’s just no more mystery. You can stalk somebody on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook and know what they’re doing 24/7. If a guy says, “Oh, sorry I didn’t call you back for two days, I was busy,” you can check his News Feed and see exactly what he was doing. If he had time to tweet or Instagram or update his Facebook, he had time to send you a text or call you—not that anyone ever calls anymore.

What TV shows do you watch?

A lot of Top Chef. I don’t really watch scripted television anymore. I watch the other Housewives franchises, for sure. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I’m a fan! And I watch the Kardashians. I’ve been sucked in.

When your show airs on Bravo, is that the first time you’re seeing the finished episode?

No. We see it usually the Wednesday or Thursday prior because we have to write our blogs about it. They don’t want to give us too much time to complain because inevitably we all will be calling and saying, “I can’t believe you didn’t keep that in!” I feel sorry for our bosses, actually!

Are you generally pretty happy with how it comes out?

No! But they don’t ever change it so there’s no point in complaining. And if you really are mad, you can take to social media and get in trouble with your bosses.

What are your favorite magazines?

I’m a magazine addict. I love Allure—I buy everything they tell me to buy, it’s ridiculous—Glamour, Cosmo. I used to be obsessed with Vogue and InStyle, but they’re a little bit too fancy for me now that I’m a mom. I’m more into lifestyle stuff.

What books are on your reading list?

I just finished for the second time The Birth Order Book. It’s really interesting. My ex-husband was an only child, and I’m a middle child, and it says a lot about your place in life. Also, Beth Stern sent me a book she wrote called Oh My Dog, and it’s really cute. My son is obsessed with dogs—he wants to rescue every dog he sees—so we’re reading that together.

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