Social media is causing major disruption.
Platforms like Twitter are being used to shape national discourse, often for the worse.
And this Hollywood actress with a massive social media following revealed a shocking truth about what happened to her accounts.
A Hollywood actress made a breath-taking admission.
Actress Selena Gomez is currently starring in the critically acclaimed new Hulu series Only Murders in the Building, but she revealed one spoiler that has nothing to do with the mystery show.
Despite having 265 million followers on Instagram, Gomez does not have the app on her phone and she posts messages through her assistant.
“Selena Gomez still doesn’t have social media on her phone, which she first revealed in 2019. At the time, she was Instagram’s third-most followed celebrity…The global star has 265 million followers on the platform. On TikTok, she has 35.5 million fans, and on YouTube, she’s accumulated 29.8 million subscribers. It’s been three years since she deleted the apps.”
Social media has come under increased scrutiny for a host of reasons including its addictive nature and harmful psychological effects on young people, particularly girls.
Internal documents at Facebook showed that they knew Instagram — whom they acquired in 2012 — was leading to increased rates of depression and suicidal ideation.
Gomez’s admission lends credence to that finding.
“I do all of my posts through just texting my assistant and the caption that I want…I say that because that’s a huge, significant part of why I feel like I’ve been as healthy as I have been…I’m completely unaware of actually what’s going on in pop culture, and that makes me really happy. And maybe that doesn’t make everybody else happy, but for me, it’s really saved my life.”
Only a fraction of the American people are on Twitter, and only a fraction of that cohort are active on the platform.
However, policy decisions for politicians and organizations are being influenced by social media mobs.
One or two complaints from a motivated activist might trigger a company to pull a product for fear of falling out of step with the “woke” cultural mandarins.
“To be honest, I was just, like, this is too much information…This is too much of my personal life spread out everywhere, and it just felt uncontrollable. I felt like my thoughts and everything I was consuming revolved around a million different other people in the world saying good things and bad things. And I just thought…I don’t get anything from it. Nothing is giving me life. And I just snapped, and I was over it.”
People with far less celebrity than Gomez are going through the same thing in their small ecosystem.
There’s a reason why bigwigs in Silicon Valley heavily restrict their children’s screen time.
They know how addictive and potentially harmful these products are.
Gomez found out the hard way, and made the choice to unplug.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.