Selena Gomez, the third most-subscribed Instagrammer, has voiced her concern about the “terrible” impact that social media has had on her generation, arguing that there should be lengthy breaks from online communication, which millennials are such passionate fans of.
Gomez, who boasts a whopping 150 million followers, trailing a little behind just two Instagram superstars, football ace Cristiano Ronaldo and pop singer Ariana Grande, told a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival that she “gets scared” when she looks at the exposure of young boys and girls on social media platforms, arguing they “are not aware of the news or anything going on”, as she put it.
“It’s selfish — I don’t wanna say selfish because it feels rude — but it’s dangerous for sure”, Gomez asserted, going on to claim:
“I think our world is going through a lot, obviously. But for my generation, specifically, social media has been terrible”, she said.
Many immediately took to Twitter to address the comments made by the wildly popular 26-year-old actress and singer, who is in Cannes to promote Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie, “The Dead Don’t Die”.
Amid an overwhelming chorus of praise for the “sincerity” and “honesty” that she demonstrated while addressing one of the “21st century diseases”, there also were sharp critical remarks.
Some even caught her exposing a double-standard, arguing that she is a social media brainchild herself and it is, to say the least, weird to address the millennials’ weaknesses in such a blatant way:
Many went still further by stating that it is social media that she owes her multi-million-dollar fortune to and urging her to be grateful for this:
A few people, meanwhile, blasted her for being too “naïve”, pointing to the revelation Gomez derived from social media:
One even branded the brunette bombshell “Captain Obvious”:
It’s not the first time the actress has spoken out about the importance of taking social media breaks.
Speaking with Heben Nigatu on an episode of Coach’s podcast, “Dream It Real”, she said: