Andrew Herzog reacts to pop star Selena Gomez' recent comments on the power and danger of social media:
Last week, Selena Gomez explained why she deleted Instagram from her phone:
“As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out. It had become so consuming to me. It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to. I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see, like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about. I always end up feeling like s**t when I look at Instagram.” – Vogue Magazine
Surprisingly insightful for a Hollywood celebrity!
Selena admitted she became an addict. She explained how it consumed her day. She revealed how it made her feel.
If social media can make the most popular Instagrammer feel like crap, then what’s it doing to the rest of us?
If you are on Instagram, ask yourself why. What are you getting out of it? Countless studies over the years have shown how much power social media has over our emotions. Goldfish have better attention spans than the average adult now. How much time and effort are you putting into crafting the perfect photo or tweet when you could be doing something more useful with your time? If you’re using social media to legitimately stay in touch with family and friends, good for you. If you’re using it because you’re bored, then get a life.
I too have deleted Instagram (and other apps) from my phone because I felt too distracted. Throughout the day I would constantly check all of my social media accounts for more likes and comments, and when I didn’t get them, I would get upset. That’s not healthy behavior.
I now look for more ways to get away from the phone, especially since I daylight as a digital content manager.
As human beings we all crave attention and affirmation. Just be careful where you get it from.
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