Singer Selena Gomez wants you to know the impact that frequent social media can have on mental health.
Gomez said that she thinks it’s unhealthy for her and other young adults to be “fixating on all these comments [on social media] and letting this stuff in.” Gomez continued on to say that social media would “make me depressed. It would make me feel not good about myself and look at my body differently and all kinds of stuff.”
Because of this, Gomez said she doesn’t keep the Instagram app on her own phone, but will use someone else’s when she wants to post a picture or browse. Gomez also took a social media break in late 2018. During this same time, Gomez also decided to enter a treatment facility as a way to manage her anxiety and depression.
Mental illness is so stigmatized in our society, so it’s refreshing to hear celebrities speak candidly about their experiences with these issues.
Gomez’ decision to uninstall the Instagram app from her phone is linked to positive mental health outcomes.
A 2018 study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that limiting social media use to just 30 minutes a day decreased depression and loneliness. The participants that experienced the most improvement were also the ones that entered the study with the highest levels of depression. The takeaway? Less time on social media can be good, especially if you’re experiencing a lot of depression already.