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Selena Gomez On The Effects Of Instagram On Mental Health

Actress-singer Selena Gomez has spoken out about the damaging effects of social media platforms like Instagram on young people. She argues that its emergence has negative impacts on all generations.

Gomez said that for her generation, social media is indeed a terrible creation because of the way it exposes young girls and boys.

Gomez, with over 150 million followers online, is considered as one of the most famous figures on Instagram. She stated at a press conference for her new zombie comedy entitled "The Dead Don’t Die" that the internet has made social media platforms unsafe spaces for its users, and she called on young individuals to take a breather from social media.

As one of the most renowned social media personalities today, she was questioned about her responsibility in creating more safe platforms. To this, the 26-year-old replied that it is quite impossible to do a massive step back at this point.

She also noted that even though she is grateful for the online space, she is deeply concerned whenever she sees young girls in meet-and-greets and how they are devastated about being bullied and not having a voice of their own. Furthermore, she extended her concerns by advising the general public to be careful in terms of limiting the use of Instagram.

In 2017, she said that she has arrived at a point where she has become so obsessed with negative comments that significantly impacted her insecurities. Because of this, she was forced to delete the application from her phone.

She spoke about how harsh language and other negative gestures can change one person. Despite having the most followers on Instagram, all the comments she has received have made her take significantly longer breaks.

Moreover, Gomez told both Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" that Instagram has made her look down on herself in a lot of ways, including having negative perceptions about her body.

She revealed that she no longer keeps the password to her account and has made her assistant take charge of it when photos need to be posted.

Selena Gomez Selena Gomez attends "The Dead Don't Die" New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on June 10, 2019 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/WireImage