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Selena Gomez Warns Teens on Scary Realities of Social Media

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Selena Gomez speaks out on the dangers of social media. Her transparency on the carefully "curated" online life will inspire you to think outside of the box when it comes to social media.


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We love Selena Gomez because of her transparency and fighter spirit. With the world’s eyes constantly on her as the third most followed person Instagram, she has a unique perspective on social culture. Selena has fought lupus and mental illness very publicly and has braved both seasons with grace in the spotlight. But now she gives the world fair warnings and limits to the ever boundless internet. Her interview on the Coach podcast Dream It Real and press interviews for her new movie The Dead Don’t Die reveal more.

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About this generation, she exclaims “They’re not aware of the news or anything going on…It’s selfish—I don’t wanna say selfish because it feels rude—but it’s dangerous for sure.” Continuing, “I think our world is going through a lot, obviously. But for my generation, specifically, social media has been terrible.”

“I’m very grateful I have the platform in any way, I can still share things I’m passionate about,” she adds. “I don’t do a lot of pointless pictures. I like to be intentional with it.” The 13 reasons Why producer continues, “I see these young girls, I’ll meet them and they’re just devastated dealing with bullying and not being able to have their own voice.”

 

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Alright. Speaking from my heart for over an hour to someone who puts those thoughts into paid words can be hard for me. The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine. This is all apart of my work within an industry that’s been around longer than all of us have been. The purpose of my interview was three fold. My work with A21, my new collection with Coach, and some new music. As I’m aware there will always be interests in one’s personal life because that’s the pace of our ‘social’ generation. I’m grateful for my position and I will always find ways to make my job more about others and giving back— all while having the best time with my music, fashion, film and my love for learning about the world that I’m eager to tap into more and more. Church is a name for something far more personal. There’s always agenda seeking information on such a subject and I understand why. Rarely do I mention church (and I didn’t) but I’ll always feel comfortable talking about my values and beliefs. I respect that from everyone and anyone. I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth. I’m a bit bummed but rarely surprised. Y’all know me and my heart. I can’t help it. So I’ll post some of MY photos from the collection and work with A21. My heart. And maybe edit my actual lyrics as you will all hear it soon 😊 I love you guys to the moon and back. For more information on the work I do with A21 please, please visit link in my bio. So much more on that soon!

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To maintain a healthier relationship with social media Gomez encourages boundaries. “It can be great in moments, but I would just be careful and allow yourself some time limits when you should use it and when not.” Opening up for Dream It Real, she warns: “It is not that healthy to be on [social media] all the time. I noticed with me, I got kind of depressed looking at these people who look beautiful and amazing, and it would just get me down a lot. Taking breaks is really important. Just know that most of it isn’t real. And I hate to say that, I don’t mean to be rude, but it’s very unrealistic in a lot of ways.”

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With over 150 million followers, Gomez is a trusted source into the pitfalls of social. The manipulated realities of the “dream life” we create online are not always the healthiest. Using social media with intentionality to spread a message of hope in a dark world, can give users a new sense of purpose, take it from Gomez.