Selena Gomez on the dangers of social media

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Selena Gomez says social media has been “terrible” for her generation, and she is urging people to set time limits on online activity.

The actress/singer was speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, where she is promoting her new film “The Dead Don’t Die”.

The BBC quoted her as saying:

“I think our world is going through a lot obviously. But for my generation specifically, social media has been terrible. 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.”

Gomez, who has 150 million followers on Instagram, has previously taken lengthy breaks from the platform and social media in general.

When she does post, she 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. 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.”