Selena Gomez, the third-most followed person on Instagram, spoke out against social media and the negative effect it has had on her generation.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival to promote her new film “The Dead Don’t Die”, Gomez said she feels “scared” seeing how much exposure and virtual attention young Instagrammers are getting.
“For my generation specifically, social media has been terrible,” said the 26-year old actress and singer. “I see these young girls, I’ll meet them and they’re just devastated dealing with bullying and not being able to have their own voice.”
About this vulnerable audience, she goes on to say that she doesn’t feel young people are aware of what’s happening in the news or what’s going on in the world.
“It’s selfish,” she said, though quickly correcting herself. “I don’t wanna say selfish because it feels rude—but it’s dangerous for sure.”
When asked how she would improve today’s social media environment given her large reach, Gomez said it would be “pretty impossible” to make things safe, but that she tries to be more conscious about the types of photos she posts on Instagram.
Gomez has previously spoken out against social media and is a big proponent of putting the phone down and taking breaks from the platforms to avoid depression or worse.
“I noticed with me, I got kind of depressed looking at these people who look beautiful and amazing,” she said in an interview a few weeks ago. For her, personally, it negatively impacted her mood.
“Taking breaks is really important,” she added, noting that she hoped more people could understand that most of what they see on social media “isn’t real.”
Gomez is “very grateful to the platform,” as she should be, as she’s one of the app’s most followed stars. However, she thinks people should impose time limits on their consumption of social media content.
She’s not the only one who suggests cutting back on Instagram either. Several scientific studies have found that social media can seriously impact mental health – and not in a good way.
Use of sites like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube have been linked to depression, anxiety, and poor sleep. In fact, one study, conducted by Britain’s Royal Society for Public Health called Instagram, specifically, the worst of the bunch.
So, maybe the Wolves singer is onto something.