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Selena Gomez: The challenge is separating what you see on your phone from your life

Selena Gomez: The challenge is separating what you see on your phone from your life
From BBC - September 12, 2017

Selena Gomez says the biggest challenge of her generation is separating what people see on their phones from what's happening in real life.

The singer took time off social media last year to deal with panic attacks, anxiety and depression.

Speaking to Business of Fashion, she says she thinks there's now too much information available online.

"I see a disconnect from real life connections to people. That makes me a little worried," she says.

"I do think social media is an amazing way to stay connected, to learn more things about what's going outside your little bubble, but sometimes I think it's too much information."

The 25-year-old says her ongoing mental health problems are a side-effect of her lupus diagnosis last year.

The disease affects the body's immune system and the singer said she needed time out to face her health issues "head on."

But she says social media is not all negative and has given her generation a bigger voice than previous ones.

"We are able to reach people from all the way across the world just by getting on our phones, which is pretty remarkable," she says.

"I have always wanted to connect with people everywhere when I was touring and that was the only way I could, and now I can through this weird device, which is great."

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