On her Instagram story, the model and maybe-wife of Justin Bieber laments that one of the best things about Instagram is taking time away from it.
Hailey Bieber nee Baldwin has seen her fair share of negativity online because she’s … well, because she’s online. Even worse, she’s a public figure and worse than that, she married Justin Bieber. But her most egregious offense, she’s a woman.
Social media is a toxic hellhole of negativity on a good day, spotlighting the worst of humanity. Sure, it has its good seeds, but they aren’t nearly as loud or as obnoxious, which is why Baldwin pointed out in a string of posts to her IG Story that one of the best things about the platform is when she takes a break from it.
"Being off of Instagram is the best thing ever," Baldwin wrote. "Whenever I take breaks from it I feel so much better, so much happy [sic] as a person.. the second I come back on I get immediate anxiety, I get sad and I get worked up."
One might wonder, then, why do we return to these apps and sites online just so they can abuse us? And, of course, the biggest question is why people derive so much pleasure in tearing other people down, and especially people they don’t know.
"It’s hard to focus on your well being and mental health when each time you open Instagram someone is tearing apart your job, or your relationship or essentially any of the things in your life that are positive," Baldwin continued.
She then seemed to chastise herself, and others who put stock in what internet idiots think and say. "I just don’t believe we’re called to live a life where we’re so easily caught up in strangers’ opinions on something they have NOTHING to do with."
She then did the usual celebrity encouragement of people to be kinder to one another on social media, using the powerful platform for communication and staying in touch to life one another up instead of tearing each other down, but that’s not how humanity works. Social media has dredged up the worst in us, reveling in causing misery and pain in others, and now we can do it virtually anonymously with almost no repercussions.
"I won’t let people make me feel like I’m doing something wrong by enjoying my life and being happy," she concluded. "This world has enough hatred, hurt and pain as it is, the last thing we need is more negativity, hate, and division."
And yet, that is exactly the direction the United States has been going, even beyond social media. It’s just a shame that people aren’t able to appreciate the amazing world they live in when it comes to celebrity relationships.
Before social media and the internet, fans had almost no interaction with their favorite celebrities. They could write fan letters and hope to receive something back, but for the most part it was a one-way relationship. Suddenly, social media explodes across the world and there’s a direct line of communication.
And as more and more celebrities have begun embracing this intimate relationship with their fans, they’ve learned it comes with a double-edged sword. They can receive love and support on one side, but it comes with an almost overwhelming tidal wave of criticism, belittling, insults and nastiness.
And so, this is what we do with the tremendous technological advancements we’ve created that bridge the gap between us and the people we admire and aspire toward? And this is how we thank them for opening themselves up to us in a way they’ve never been able to before.
"We need to take a step back and realize we need to express more love and encouragement to one another instead of consistently tearing people down and judging," Baldwin wrote.
In response to Baldwin’s impassioned plea, people jumped into her latest Instagram post and started trashing her, saying they wanted Selena Gomez back in Justin Bieber’s life and saying that he’s the only reason she has any fame. While her Story resonated with some fans, who came to her defense, it was a divide between haters and supporters.
And some of her haters are people who do nothing but gush and heap praise and support on Selena Gomez, which is great. But while they are supportive over on Gomez’ page, they’re over here trashing Baldwin.
It’s remarkable how much time and effort people are willing to put into trashing their favorite celebrities by posting nasty things directly on their pages. What’s the end goal here? Do you want them to leave the public eye? Stop being famous? Something worse? It really seems like such a waste of time and energy.
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