Selena Gomez under the rader after leaving Kim K and Beyonce behind

The likes of Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce were celebrities with the highest followers on Instagram but recently Selena Gomez  overtook them to become the most followed person on Instagram with 113 million followers (more than double her number at the end of 2015).


The thing however is, Selena Gomez isn't a big fan of the app or social media in general, at least not anymore. In an interview with Vogue published on Thursday morning, Gomez said that she deleted the app from her phone and doesn't know her own password, stating that all of her posting is now done by an assistant:


A sponsored post of Gomez drinking a Coke was the most-liked photo on Instagram for nearly a year — with 6.5 million likes and 276,000 comments — before Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement out ran it last month. That's certainly more watchful eyes than an average IG poster can even comprehend.

Gomez has been airing her dislike for social media and this one will be a most direct one by the young celebrity. Previously in August last year, Selena announced she would be taking a break from social media and all public appearances in order to deal with some pressing health problems. She returned three months later, i.e in November, and captioned the same post, in part, "I've finally fought the fight of not 'being enough.'" She also accepted an American Music Award the same week, saying in her speech "I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what's in here [pointing to chest]. I'm not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore."

Gomez probably won't be the first nor the last superstar to get tired of being looked at on social Media, but I personally think getting some privacy is good not just for celebrities but for everyone. Studies have shown that internet-induced envy can seriously bum you out even to the extent of contributing to clinical depression.

People now take likes and hearts they get from social media as a very big deal. Gomez's comments likely strike a nerve for suchlike ones, those who are caught caring too much about how many hearts get stamped onto their selfies, as well as anyone who has spent hours wandering down an Instagram K-hole admiring all the glamorous or stylish or happy lives they feel like they don't have. People should gain control on how much they allow social Media rub off on them.

By Danson Bassey

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