American singer, actress, and producer Selena Gomez, who happens to be the third most followed person on Instagram, is warning the younger generation on the dangers of social media, saying it has been “terrible.”
“I think our world is going through a lot,” Gomez said at Cannes film festival on Wednesday morning. “I would say for my generation, specifically, social media has really been terrible. It does scare me when you see how exposed these young boys and young girls are. They are not aware of the news. I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes.”
She admits that it has gotten so bad that it is “impossible” at this point to make it safe. She adds on to say she tries to be conscious when posting on Instagram, to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on her fans.
“I’m grateful I have the platform. I don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. For me, I like to be intentional with it. It just scares me. I’ll see these young girls at meet and greets. They are devastated, dealing with bullying and not being able to have their own voice. It can be great in moments. I would be careful and allow yourself some time limits of when you should use it.”
Last year, Selena was body shamed online over her bikini photos, to which she clapped back with kindness to address her fat-shamers and those who scrutinized her weight. In a video, she addressed “the beauty myth,” which she described as “an obsession with physical perfection.” One fan fat-shamed Gomez by comparing her weight gain to what she looked like a recent, most likely Photoshopped ad for Puma. “Does any one has explanation for it. Please guy’s don’t get me wrong. @selenagomez looks bit fat in her recent pic in Sydney. But her physique looks splendid in Puma. Why such difference?” the fan tweeted.
Currently she has 150 Million Followers on Instagram and promises to use it for good and occasionally, take a break from the internet. She is calling on young people to take a break from social media if they were feeling overwhelmed.
There has never really been any doubt that social media is deeply embedded into the lives of both Generation Z (born 1995-2012) and the Millennial Generation (born 1980-1994). According to research by the Pew Research Center, 92% of all millennials have a mobile device and connection to a single social media platform is a thing of the past, today’s younger generations are plugged into an average of four social media networks, using them extensively for social, leisure, networking, purchase and business.