Selena Gomez has 150 million followers on Instagram and nearly 58 million followers on Twitter. And yet, the pop sensation on Wednesday blew up the clicks that made them famous. During a press conference in Cannes on her new movie "The Dead Will Not Die," the 26-year-old star called the social media "dangerous" and "terrible for my generation."
For us Millennials, it's an integral part of life to curate who we are for Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and dating apps.
But is it really normal for every one of our steps to be fuel for Silicon Valley data hunters?
My friends will choose a restaurant because it gives a good Instagram image. When we hang out, we talk about strangers we know through our screens ̵
A few weeks ago, sitting in a park with a college friend, I realized that I sounded more like a Portlandia sketch than a person.
"Did you read that? Did you see that? "I asked her and got a list of accounts to follow.
I was more concerned about her digital confidentiality than what she had been feeling since moving to New York.
Earlier this year I commissioned the poor man's help with a clever tweet to accompany an insta story I wrote. How soon can you enter "ghosted"?
For me and the great majority of my colleagues, the onslaught of Dings and Buzzes from our bags is not just a dopamine hit. This is also a timid reminder that we ourselves should contribute to the content of the circus. It's beyond Pavlov. It is pathetic.
We have fun, right? Wait, can you do that thing again, this time in front of the camera?
We use excessive resources to bring out our best, "most authentic" self in our feed – we buy charcoal toothpaste, cronuts and hair vitamins in a desperate bid for likes.
We then compare these virtual numbers with those of our real friends.
The next stop on the way? From legions of faceless keyboard warriors who can not even look you in the eye while lowering your self-esteem.
Wherever this happens, it can not be good.
Gomez & # 39; feeds are examined by their fans with the investigative precision of an anti-terrorist unit.
Mine are examined by my mother.
However, it's just as bad annoying to sound funny on Twitter or ironically on Instagram as exposing yourself to a bad Photoshop job.
The constant care of our own online brands feels like we've ended up in a science fiction precaution. By censoring ourselves and curating obsessively, we transform into cyborgs. No robot riot needed.
The saying goes, "If the product is free, you can sell it."
And yet, Gomez has yet to clear her accounts – an addiction we can not get rid of.