Selena Gomez, the Biggest Person on Instagram, “Feels Like S–t” When She Uses Instagram

Selena Gomez: "I Feel Like S... When I Use Instagram"
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Selena Gomez: "I Feel Like S... When I Use Instagram"
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Despite earning hundreds of thousands of dollars through promotional posts on the service, Selena Gomez just really hates Instagram right now.

According to multiple studies published by various universities around the world, frequently using social networks can lead to burnout.  Psychologists and researchers hypothesize that sites like Facebook can affect a person’s well-being.  In fact, one journal article boldly stated,

“On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection.  Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.”

That may explain why Selena Gomez deleted Instagram.

In an interview with Vogue magazine, Selena Gomez explained that she deleted the app from her phone.  She also doesn’t have the password.  In fact, she fantasizes about disappearing from social media entirely, despite having 113 million Instagram followers.

In addition, her posts are now done by an assistant.   She explained,

“As soon as I became the most followed person on Instagram, I sort of freaked out.  It had become so consuming to me.  It’s what I woke up to and went to sleep to.  I was an addict, and it felt like I was seeing things I didn’t want to see.  Like it was putting things in my head that I didn’t want to care about.  I always end up feeling like s–t when I look at Instagram.  Which is why I’m kind of under the radar, ghosting it a bit.”

Instagram currently has over half a billion users.  With 113 million followers, more than 20% of the social network’s active user base follows Gomez.

In the past, Selena Gomez has opened up about using Instagram.  Because of lupus, the singer had to take a break from the service.

In the interview, the singer also talked about meeting up with a therapist to take Dialectal Behavior Therapy.  The singer wants to re-learn Spanish, which she knew as a child but eventually lost.  Gomez explained,

“DBT has completely changed my life.  I wish more people would talk about therapy.  We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down.  We also need to feel allowed to fall apart.”

In the future, the singer hopes to record some Spanish-language music.