Selena Gomez Says Quitting Insta Stopped Her Comparing Herself To Others

"The best decision I've ever made for my mental health,"

It’s no secret that Selena Gomez doesn’t spend a lot of time on her Instagram.

The most followed woman on the app stepped away from her page a long time ago, and now lets her management run her page.

While she occasionally posts things via her team, Selena expressed how much better she felt about herself when she stopped using Instagram.

“At one point Instagram became my whole world, and it was really dangerous,” she told InStyle.

She said that spending a lot of time scrolling made her feel like she wasn’t ‘enough’.

“In my early 20s, I felt like I wasn’t pretty enough. There was a whole period in my life when I thought I needed makeup and never wanted to be seen without it. The older I got, the more I evolved and realized that I needed to take control of what I was feeling. I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and feel confident to be who I am.”

She did that by stepping away from social media, and now has a very casual relationship with it instead.

“Taking a break from social media was the best decision that I’ve ever made for my mental health,” she explained.

She added that once she stepped away, the comparisons stopped.

“I created a system where I still don’t have my passwords. And the unnecessary hate and comparisons went away once I put my phone down. I’ll have moments where that weird feeling will come back, but now I have a much better relationship with myself.”

Selena’s story is an important reminder about how taking time away from social media can do us a lot of good.

While we might never quit social media completely, taking a step back can help us evaluate how it’s making us feel.

If certain apps are no longer bringing us joy, deleting them (at least for a short time) can help. If certain pages or people aren’t making us feel great, unfollowing can make all the difference.

Like decluttering our bedrooms or wardrobes, doing a social media clearout can help us feel the best version of ourselves.