Social media is a super important tool in the lives of celebrities. It allows them to present their ideal image, connect with fans, and promote their projects. But social media can also be a serious downer.
You’ve probably heard of sexts gone viral or cyberbullying and how damaging and hurtful they can be to you, your friends, and your family. But imagine what would happen if you had 20 million followers. Some people will argue that fame is a choice, that celebs sign up to be noticed for the good and the bad. But, celebrities are people, with actual lives and feelings, too. Here are some ways social media can rain on their parades.
- Reputation threats. Rumors and lies spread like wildfire across the interwebs.
- Pictures get into the wrong hands. Have you ever heard of a sext gone wrong? Recently, there was a slew of hacking incidences that left private celebrity photos spattered (like J.Law’s) across thousands of web pages. It’s bad enough when your school or your town finds out that you were getting frisky with your iPhone. What about when the whole world finds out?
- Unflattering, unauthorized photos. Have you ever spent time picking just the right photo to post to Instagram? Celebs don’t always have a choice about what their followers and fans see. Anyone with an iPhone take and post pics without permission. Sometimes, professional photogs even get caught using long-range lenses to capture photos while celebs are at home (even though it’s SUPER illegal). This happened to Caitlyn Jenner before her big Vanity Fair reveal. What if you never had a moment of real privacy?
- Cyberbullies. Have you ever read the comments on celebrities’ social media feeds. People say the MEANEST things, literally, the craziest, most awful things. It’s bad, and it can be hurtful, even to starlets who seem like they have it all. Anne Hathaway has spoken publicly about what happened when she stumbled upon a headline reading “Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway.” Recently, while promoting her new album, Hillary Duff cut her time short on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything,” after the chat was flooded with Internet trolls hurling horrible comments. And Kylie Jenner just released a Snapchat video discussing the bullying she’s endured throughout much of her life as a reality star.
- Popularity contests. Have you ever compared yourself to a friend? Have you ever looked at the number of Instagram followers someone else has and felt like your own numbers where wholly unimpressive? Here’s a secret, even people with thousands and millions of followers have these moments. Here’s a bonus tip and something to remember: everyone has moments of comparing and despairing. But it’s a game you are never going to win. Unless you are THE person with the most twitter followers, someone will always be “better” than you in that department.
So, do you still want 20 million followers? Could you put up with the hassles of fame?