The Surprising Reason Selena Gomez Calls Social Media ‘Dangerous’

Selena Gomez has enjoyed a huge following on Instagram, with more than 150 million followers… but she’s not a fan of social media, for a very good reason.

During an appearance at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival to promote her new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, Gomez explained some of the pitfalls of social media, which could explain why she doesn’t post to it as much as she used to.

Selena Gomez "The Dead Don't Die" Photocall - The 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival
Selena Gomez | Dominique Charriau/WireImage

Why doesn’t Selena Gomez like social media?

During a press conference for the movie, Gomez said, “I would say for my generation, specifically, social media has really been terrible. It’s amazing to use your platform, but it does scare me when you see how exposed these young girls and young boys are. They’re not really aware of the news or anything going on. It’s just — I don’t want to say selfish, that feels rude, but I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes.”

While she did say that she’s “grateful to have a platform,” she noted, “In any way I can, I’ll share things I’m very passionate about. I don’t do a lot of pointless pictures — I like to be intentional with it. It just scares me, that’s all. I see young girls at meet-and-greets, and they’re just devastated, dealing with bullying and not able to have their own voices.”

Gomez further shared, “It can be great in moments, but I’d just be careful and allow yourself some time limits — when to use it, and when you shouldn’t.”

Gomez has a big fan in her famous co-star

Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch added his praise for the actress, explaining, “Selena has been incredibly admirable in encouraging young people to have their own will and be strong people.” He added: “She’s looked up to by so many young people because of her personality and will and supportiveness. She’s a remarkable person.”

One of her co-stars, the legendary Bill Murray, is also a big fan of Gomez, and the two made headlines when he whispered something in her ear at the Cannes red carpet. According to Murray, he told Vanity Fair, “I don’t remember what I said,” adding, “I was trying to keep her at ease. I really like her. I mean, you still can’t tell me who the hell ‘Selena Gomez’ is — but Gomez, as he calls her, “I really like. She’s unusually bright. She’s kind and she’s natural. I’m always pleased to find some kind of pop icon who I really like.”

He added, “Like Miley Cyrus. I dig that chick.”

She’s a fan of taking a break from it all

In 2018, Gomez topped the list as the most followed woman on Instagram. In 2019, Ariana Grande edged her out to take the top spot. Gomez didn’t fall far, however, as she’s now third in line after Grande and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

On an episode of the Dream It Real podcast, Gomez talked about taking social media breaks, noting: “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.”