Actress and singer Selena Gomez says social media has been “terrible” for her generation and has urged people to set time limits on online activity, the BBC is reporting.
The actress also believes being immersive in social media is causing young people to be unaware of important current affairs.
Selena shares her thought at the Cannes Film Festival, where she is promoting her new film The Dead Don’t Die.
“I think our world is going through a lot obviously,” she says “but for my generation specifically, social media has been terrible.”
Selena continues: “It’s a useful platform but it does scare me when you see young boys and girls not really aware of the news going on. It’s selfish – I don’t wanna say selfish, that’s rude – but it’s dangerous for sure.”
It is of worth that with 150 million Instagram followers, the actress was until last year, the most followed person on Instagram. That honour now belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo who has 168 m million followers on the platform.
While she does post pictures and messages on Instagram and Twitter, Gomez says she tries to do so in a constructive manner, conscious of the dangers of online pressure for many of her young fans.
“I’m very grateful I have the platform in any way, I can still share things I’m passionate about,” she said. “I don’t take a lot of pointless pictures I like to be intentional with it. I see these young girls, devastated with bullying and not being able to have my voice. It can be great in moments, but I would careful and give yourself time limits in terms of when you can use it and not.”