Up until recently, Selena Gomez was the most followed woman on Instagram, so naturally, she’s an expert on the subject. The 26-year-old shared her thoughts on how this generation is affected by what they see online during a press conference for her latest film, The Dead Don’t Die, on May 15.
“I think that our world is going through a lot, obviously,” she told reporters at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. “But I would say for my generation, specifically, and I guess this is what [director] Jim [Jarmusch] gestured to in the film, is that social media has really been terrible for my generation.”
She then got candid about the pros and cons, implying it can easily cause more harm than good. “I understand that it’s amazing to use your platform, but it does scare me that you see how exposed these young girls and young boys are and they’re not really aware of the news or anything going on. It’s just — [I] don’t want to say selfish because that feels rude, but I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information.”
The Disney alum emphasized on the fact that she finds it “pretty impossible” for consumers to be “safe.” She added, “there’s no blocking anything. They’re exposed to it immediately. And again, I’m very grateful I have the platform. So, in any way that I can, I’ll share things that I’m really passionate about.”
The brunette beauty currently has 150.2 million Instagram followers — she was dethroned late last year by Ariana Grande, who currently has 155.1 million. Ever since she experienced a mental breakdown in October 2018, the “Hands to Myself” singer hasn’t been as active as she used to be on the platform. Instead, she uses it more to help others.
“I also don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. I think for me, I like to be intentional with it,” she continued. “It just scares me, that’s all, because I see these young girls and I’ll meet them at meet and greets or something and they’re just devastated dealing with bullying and not being able to have their own voice. So yeah, I mean, it can be great in moments, but I would just be careful and allow yourself some time limits of when you should use it and when you shouldn’t.”
Balance is always the key.