In recent times, mental health has become one of the worst-affected. Thanks to constant scrutiny on social media celebrities feel the burn even more, as their lives are ‘out there’ in public. In the latest, supermodel Bella Hadid sparked mental health anxiety debate after she posted crying selfies.
Some people get too addicted to platforms and social media becomes a double-edged sword of online bullying, hate and harassment.
Former Fifth Harmony member quit Twitter back in August 2016 after being attacked online.
“I’ve been racially cyberbullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I can’t subject myself any longer to the hate,” wrote the “Motivation” singer. “I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this, and I’m sure I won’t be the last. Hiding behind a computer and putting people down, especially for the colour of their skin doesn’t make you cool; it makes you a coward.”
In an interview with People magazine, Jennifer Aniston shared her concerns about social media’s impact on our youth, saying: “Kids aren’t speaking to each other anymore. I was with friends of ours from Vermont and their two kids don’t have an iPhone or an iPad. They were 9 and 12 and were the most interesting young adults. Seeing other kids on their [phones] all the time, it makes me sad.”
Since then, the actress has joined Instagram, yet keeps her involvement on the platform insightful and lighthearted.
Sharing her strong viewpoint against the harmful nature of photo retouching on social media, Tyra Banks addressed her concerns in an Instagram post.
“You know how people say #nofilter but you know there’s a freakin’ filter on their pic? Or maybe there’s a smidge of retouching going on but they’re lying and saying it’s all raw & real? Well, this morn, I decided to give you a taste of the really real me. I wanted to smooth out my dark circles so badly!!! But I was like, “Naw, Ty. Show ’em the REAL you.” So…here I am. Raw. And there YOU are…looking at me, studying this picture. Maybe you’re thinking, ‘Whoa, she looks ROUGH.’ And if you are, great! You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me. #RawAndReal”.
Check out more celebrities speaking out on the ills of social media below.