Selena Gomez no longer has the Instagram app on her cellphone because scrolling through thousands of hateful comments would made her feel so "depressed".

Selena is the latest celebrity to kick the addiction to Instagram. The "Come & Get It" singer boasts 152 million followers on the photo-sharing platform, and she was once crowned the most-followed person on Instagram until soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo took the title last year.

Selena has been a vocal critic of the rise in popularity of social media, saying social media addiction is "unhealthy" and "terrible" for her generation.

The 26 year old says she has taken steps to minimize its harmful effects on her mental health by deleting Instagram from her personal device.

"I think it's become really unhealthy for young people, including myself, to spend all of their time fixating on all of these comments and it was affecting me," Selena said on Live with Kelly and Ryan.

"It would make me depressed, it would make me feel not good about myself, and look at my body differently."

Now the singer and actress, who has taken lengthy breaks from social media in the past, has found another way to stay connected with her followers: "I have it (the app) on someone else's phone and when I feel like I wanna share something with my fans, I do it then," she explained.

Selena reportedly entered a treatment facility to seek counseling after battling anxiety and depression that were exacerbated by her dependence on social media.

Photos by DARA / BACKGRID

  • Gloria

    Slow news day

  • DeepThinker

    Good decision. I did the same thing a year ago. So much happier now.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I understand how that could affect her. I hope everything works out for her.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I felt like this for my short time on Facebook. My family and some friends made me sick?

  • Raquel

    Girl, if you don't get some thick skin! F*ck what people have to say. I would care less about what a 9-5 working muhf*cka had to say. ??

    I guess some ppl are more softer than I. ?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    This generation will have unprecedented issues with SM. She’s right.

  • Raquel

    I been off FB since 2015. ? Then realized I didn't give a sh*t about NOBODY on it. If I had your number, I f*cks with you. If not, you a spectator. Delete! Lol

  • morenYAHdelsur

    You came up in a different generation. These kids can’t relate LOL.

  • Raquel

    You right about that. I AM sure glad I ain't growing up in this weird ass era. Lol

  • Wreckognize Game

    Same here. They worked my last nerve?

  • tia

    If she's not strong, those nasty comments could be detrimental to her. Unfortunately, some folks do not have thick skin and other's we eventually get to that point and say "f@@k it and f@@k you too." Good for her. Selena do whatever is necessary for your mental and emotional being.

  • tia

    Faebook can be toxic and sometimes it seems like high school for grown ups. I feel you!

  • Raquel

    Right! Or what about the people that would literally have convos/arguments about what someone posted and said and who liked what. Lol My cousins were like that.....always arguing and sh*t. I was done after that. And I told my mom to ask me before posting pics of my son. If I ain't on there, then neither is he! Lol

  • Yardgirl

    The only time I go on FB is when I get a notification for someone’s birthday or if I get tagged. I stopped posting after the last election. That place was so toxic and it was showing me the true spirit of some of my online “friends” I do like IG though. It’s not as toxic and you can scroll through easier.

  • Yup, I said it

    Yes. Being online they have exposed themselves to so much mental, sexual, and emotional abuse that if the same stuff were happening in the home the CPS would been done swooped in and taken the kids.

  • Jackie Byrd

    Amen gotta take care of herself above all things.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I agree Selena ... and I did the same thing .... I also unfollowed everyone .... and deleted every photo of myself on there ... saved my life...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile amen did mines 5 years ago .... fugg folks

  • luVn_liFe…

    Ig,Fb,schat,etc are just blah.. I have never had any of those soc med accounts. the most soc med I do is on these blogs

  • Coy little wink

    I don't need anyone's validation or criticism so I don't need to join IG ?

  • Sushi

    I go out with either my "friend", or either one of my friend girls, and All we see is people from the age of 1 to 61 stuck in their phones, their "CELL"phones. Not having a conversation or connecting with the people around them, I find it disturbing, maybe it is just me, but I am glad I grew up in the 70's/80's, #wehavelosttheartofconversation

  • Yup, I said it

    I sure do care what demon is being feed to my spirit. You can cover your ears but your spirit will receive it subliminally. When social media started with AOL chat rooms and college planet or whatever, I signed up once and it scared the living hell out of me. All those demons and witches floating around on the world wide web, trying to see whose life they can destroy. Not mines. I havent had a "sosha" media account since the last century.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Do what you must to protect your peace.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I hear you selena pero im cut from a tougher cloth. Nobody will ever make me feel depressed about sht cause i dont give a fuck about most ppl one, two most ppl dont even know their daddy tf i look like getting offended at some unfulfilled bastard and three yall just narcissistic af otherwise you can turn the comments off your ig and be great but no you love it when fans come kiss your ass so you gotta take the good with the bad. Gurl bye fck internet people! Who tf is they anyway tuhhhhhh

  • Yup, I said it

    Subliminal messages is real. Have you every fell asleep with the tv on and dreamed about what was on the tv? That's your spirit still aware and recieving info without your mind being able to filter. That mess is real and when you subject yourself to those demons on the internet your spirit is processing every bit of it.

  • yvette46

    Good for her!!

  • Clobaby_

    I completely agree with her! I didn't have an ig for a year then after many emails from instagram and friends asking for my return i reactivated my account... that literally lasted a month and i was right back off! Instagram is toxic, and i realized i don't like attention and I don't need the comments and clout! Social media can be toxic. I don't have facebook, ig, snapchat, or any of that. Just on twitter here and there.

  • Clobaby_

    Exactly!!

  • Dahl

    Don’t you have the option to disable comments? Post all you want and no one can respond to anything. The ego part comes from leaving the comments enabled expecting to receive praise, but getting hurt when you get negativity...

  • DeepThinker

    When I was on FB there was not an option

  • Yup, I said it

    Social media will have somebody committing suicide and live streaming it. They can feed that beast if they want too. I'm convinced the gram takes human sacrifices.

  • SweetTEE

    Girl turn the comments off and keep it moving. I personally rarely see too much negativity due to the people I follow and the pics I like. Ain't now way i would let them get to me & Ig is a whole test of your SELF confidence.

  • Fire & Ice

    I agree that social media is very toxic. I heard on NPR that the suicide rate in teen girls has increased, due to social media.

  • Dahl

    You definitely can on IG, tho...

  • Applebootay

    While on medical leave, I fell deep down the rabbit hole until recently, I deleted IG, FB and SnapChat from my phone after seeing that woman get gunned down by that cop on IG. Rather you're reading comments (very hard not to) or just obsessively scrolling, it can become addictive and unhealthy. It'll be 30 days in a couple days and I'm thinking of taking longer...I toggle...between blogs and social media apps...because I can't do both at the same time, however, I prolly need to break from everything at once...hmmmmmm

  • Shenanigans1

    I re download ig every few months for no more than a day at a time. I do it so I can pop in on friends just to see what they’ve been up to and respond to messages. Last night I added it back and lost 3 hours of my life just scrolling and playing videos.

  • Applebootay

    It’s not as toxic and you can scroll through easier.Shiiiiiiiiii...speak for yourself...the fact that its easier makes it more toxic the way my mind is set up and I wasn't on FB that much....I was doing too much on the gram...commenting on ERYTHANG....I had to delete it girl....LOL

  • Shenanigans1

    Whoaaaaa. Are you for real?

  • Applebootay

    Its not just the comments tho, its everything you're seeing and digesting into your soul....I'm the strong friend too, but the act of just looking at it all the time is unhealthy for any human IMHO.

  • Renee26

    I just recently got back on social media and it's only for business purposes... Otherwise I don't look at it or post

  • Reenaface

    Not age 1?????

  • Renee26

    I fall asleep with the TV on on purpose... I like the background noise. Can't do music or infomercials tho... I wake up immediately

  • Renee26

    Swear... Parents use it as a baby sitter... They scroll and everything

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    That's what happens when these parents let social media and money raise their kids. You gotta take the time to instill self love and worth into these kids or they grow up needing likes and attention in order to feel like somebody. One damn opinion or comment against the grain these kids ready to give up everything. SMH that's sad that a comment by a complete stranger can make you feel "depressed". What about how you feel about yourself? Never mind the millions of comments with people saying they love you its that one negative comment that you allow to define your worth. Sad!

  • jay

    That's why i don't show my picture and don't open dm. I don't give a f ! what anyone thinks. I will show places and pictures. Enjoy and keep your evil comments to yourself.

  • Yup, I said it

    Hell yeah. People don't like to believe in mind control but its a science. There are psychiatrists with PH.D is hypnotic medicine. Its a proven science and insurance companies will cover it too. The military uses it too. When you surrender/subject/ open yourself too it, thats the weakness.

  • Yup, I said it

    When they were posting beheadings on fb all the dummies were downloading it to watch. Everybody I know said they regret it looking at it and the sounds of the prisoners screaming, torment them. I thought to myself ," why would anyone even be dumb enough to watch that?"

  • s e l i n a k y l e.

    I'm a millennial, & I had to learn to ingest social media in a way that's comfortable to me. A lot of people flaunt lavish lifestyles and fabulous lives (no one wants to post negative stuff). When you see people allegedly doing better than you, it starts to get to you. Standards of beauty, vacations around the world, happy relationships. You start comparing yourself to others, thinking you're not where you're supposed to be.

    I completely deleted my facebook (sans an anon one for groups / interactions). I don't really care what people I don't even talk to are doing with their lives, so why should I look at this faux happiness, or toxic political posts all day, everyday? IG used to be a regular for me, but I've since toned down my browsing over there. I only log in it to share art / look at art / follow my bf's posts. I stick to twitter & Pinterest, which are both "impersonal" but still give me joy as far as using social media goes.

    When you struggle with mental illness, it can be even worse. Depression is real when you're stuck in a dark place & feeling like you're never going to get to a point where you can have the same happiness.

  • Yardgirl

    I look at the photos and keep scrolling on IG ????? I used to like it more before FB purchased it and screwed it all up. Moderation is the key sis lol

  • sherri2016

    Both my husband and myself don't have Instagram Twitter or any other social media sites except Facebook and i haven't used that in 3 years and he doesn't even have that and we love it now i just need to get our kids off who are internet obsessed

  • Reenaface

    That is true though.

  • xxxgracious

    I deleted mine as soon as I became pregnant with my son. No need for it. I knew everyone would only be following me just to see pics of him and to be nosy. I had a chick tell me I needed to create my son am Instagram page. I just gave a her blank stare. I take pics of the boy and store it in my Google photos and dropbox. He dont need no followers at 4 yrs old smh.

  • Logan Roberts

    Chile you are rich, why would you be hanging on social media reading negative stuff anyway. I would be traveling, touring and living my best life. I'm poor and I do that now.

  • GrapeCrush

    OMG...ALL.OF.THIS. ????????

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Great commentary, and pretty much sums up the pros and cons of social media!

  • currvalicious

    I'm old school and I love it. The most I do is blog my opinions. I email, still write & send letters & cards via mail. No social media at all. I cherish my peace of mind & privacy. I don't even know or understand the lingo...lol..

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I only recently started using Instagram, only periodically, or if someone tells me they posted something they wanted me to see, like a hair stylist!

    One week, a JLO post came up in her NY penthouse, showing her doing nothing but coming into the living room with the unspoken message, “this is my fab life!”

    I thought, no wonder social media depress so many! Nobody’s as important as social media promotes, spotlights, or highlights!

  • Alicia.Ashe

    This strong jaw all lives matter ho can crawl in a cave.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    got rid of instagram last December. I'm a wholly different person.

  • Mo Laughz

    Yes! Everything you said. I only get on to call myself "networking" to build an online presence, but I just can't get into the habit of documenting my entire life for strangers and haters, my friends stay in touch either thru email, text, phone, or in person so it's not for them. And I don't like friending people I have regular contact with either bc then you have situations where they think something you posted is about them and vice versa.

  • missmiami305

    Selena is full of it. However, she’s very fragile. Poor girl isn’t going to make it. Looks like she hasn’t kicked her habit. She looks very aged btw.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Many are dumping social media! It’s really a waste of time and energy.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I am on the floor...LMAOOOOO!!!

  • https://nylapoprush.com/twitch twitch.tv/NylaPop

    She is so ugly to me idc

  • tintin

    yeh i hate these pages that are created for babies. Shallow as hell. When those kids become 3 they wanna do it for the gram. Just sick

  • YellowSauce

    Social Media IS mentally unhealthy and people are their worst behind keyboards ...all decency is out the window and seems to be a catalyst for evil

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I'm thinking of doing the same thing...did it with The Book of Lies long time ago

  • HelloToni

    Smart girl!

  • HelloToni

    Smart girl!

  • PetiteButterScotch

    Can someone please edit the “would made her feel” part pls ? tell your interns to proof read! We can tell when it ain you ?

  • PetiteButterScotch

    You know you can turn off the comments tho right? Lol

  • Trace da Ace

    well good for her....I deleted my FB page and stuff because I feel like it is unhealthy and folks fixate on it as well....to each their own...

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Is this what our generation has come too? A social media addiction? this is really sad but looks like she has people in her corner who is helping her so that's a good thing and more importantly she recognize that she has a problem to begin with. Personally I don't have a Facebook Instagram or Twitter. I don't know how to work that stuff. lol I just come on sites like this and give my 2 cents other than that I consider myself a private person. I don't want to know what people thing about me so I don't ask by putting my business on these sites.

  • SpiceGirl

    Truth right there.....

  • SpiceGirl

    I've seen it.......They be knowing how to navigate the phone better then me......

  • Reenaface

    For though, they are quick with it.

  • SpiceGirl

    Sure is....

  • Alextra Ballard

    When it comes tew FB how folks come up with 3,000+friends. Who has that many dam friends? My circle of friends and family was small and truss me I knew partically all of them