Selena Gomez avoiding the internet for years is my new life goal
I thought it wasn’t possible for any celebrity to resist the siren song of vile internet commentary, but recently I was proved wrong when Selena Gomez, singer, actor and mental health advocate admitted she had committed to a practice of staying offline. trying to keep her peace. “I haven’t been on the internet for four and a half years,” Gomez . said Good morning America on Monday, adding: “It has completely changed my life. I am happier. I am more present. I connect more with people. It makes me feel normal.” According to her recent Fashion cover story, she gets her news largely from “an older woman I’m very close to” and whose identity she prefers to keep private. I absolutely love this for her, and also… I’m very jealous?
It’s not super realistic for me to idealize the state of Hard Offline – after all, I’m a web writer with a job I love and a passion for creating recreational memes – but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t occasionally fantasize about ending my Spectrum Internet account, slamming my laptop for the last time, moving to a remote and inaccessible goat ranch in the middle of California’s Angeles National Forest, and settling for a lifetime of tea and poetry reading.
If it sounds like I’m being flippant about the mental health benefits of living less online, let me assure you: I sincerely believe in the brain-healing power of taking at least the occasional break from social media. Within my most treasured group chat is a friend who recently deleted Twitter from her phone and another who no longer uses Instagram’s Stories feature, and those small tweaks to their internet consumption have apparently made them both happier and calmer.
I am unfortunately Twitter enough to resist such measures, but I still applaud Gomez for her measured avoidance of a feature of modern life that can add as much stress as it reduces. (I have to wonder though: sometimes don’t even shoot them straight up at 4am to Google “weird stomach pain is it appendicitis, I’m going to die if I go to the hospital”? If so, is she really my hero, and I want to spend my life learning from her.)
This article first appeared on Vogue.com
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