Popstar Selena Gomez is concerned with how Instagram is influencing younger generations.
Gomez, who has 167 million followers on the platform, made the comments in a recent interview with Dazed.
When asked if she would “hit a button and get rid of Instagram entirely” if she could, Gomez gave a surprising answer.
“If I could find a balanced, happy medium that would be great, but I would be lying if I said that it isn’t destroying some of my generation, their identity,” Gomez said.
Gomez, who has previously held the title of being the most followed person on Instagram, made headlines last year when she revealed she had deleted the Instagram app from her phone because of the negative impact it was having on her mental health.
“It would make me feel not good about myself, and look at my body differently,” she said at the time.
However, Instagram is aware of the potential negative impacts the platform can have on the well-being of users and has been taking steps to mitigate the risk.
This was a big reason why the platform chose to hide the like count from posts last year.
“We want Instagram to be a place where people feel comfortable expressing themselves,” Facebook ANZ director of policy Mia Garlick said at the time.
Instagram also recently introduced the ‘You’re All Caught Up’ feature to alert users when they have seen every post on their newsfeed from the last two days, in an effort to reduce “passive scrolling” on the platform.
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