Selena Gomez thinks social media is ‘terrible’ for her generation
“For my generation specifically, social media has been terrible,” the star, who has over 150m Instagram followers, said.
“I understand that it’s amazing to use as a platform but it does scare me when you see how exposed these young girls and boys are. I think it’s dangerous for sure.”
The 26-year-old added that it was “impossible” to make social media platforms safer, adding: “I’m grateful I have a platform. I don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. For me, I like to be intentional with it.
“I see these young girls … I’ll meet them at meet-and-greets, and they’re just devastated by bullying and not having a voice.
“I would be careful and allow yourself some time limits of when you should use it,” she advised users of social media.
Over the years, Gomez has taken several breaks from social media in order to prioritise looking after her mental health.
The “Bad Liar” singer’s latest social media hiatus was last September, before which she notified her followers that would be taking some time off the platform.
“Taking a social media break. Again,” she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post.
She continued: “As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi. [sic]”