We all know the pitfalls of social media and the effect it can have our psyche all too well, so we can only imagine the difficulty faced by celebrities on a daily basis when it comes to their social media feeds. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has recently spoken about the dangers of selfies on social media and now Emma Watson has joined the conversation.
Emma stars in a new movie called The Circle, which is about an all-seeing, all-knowing tech corporation and it deals with the issues that often surround social media like privacy, the role of surveillance and the right to freedom. Whilst promoting the movie in New York this week, Emma was asked about whether or not she reads her Instagram comments and she replied, "For my sanity, I cannot. I just cannot even go there. I have to create some distance because I'm human. I think there's this way where technology can dehumanise."
She went to say that she thinks "it's really important to be mindful. Retaining your sanity in this industry is everything."
It's an important topic for Emma, who has often spoken in the past about her desire to have a private life away from her public identity. In an earlier press conference for the film, she told press that she thinks social media, whilst great for connecting, can also be really dangerous. "Social media takes so much of our attention, which is such a valuable resource and I'm just not sure it's ever heathy to know what every single person in the world thinks about you. I think that's probably a sure-fire recipe for burnout and disaster."
The Circle is out in cinemas now.