Dune Star Zendaya explains why social media makes her anxious
Dune star Zendaya explains why social media makes her anxious and urges others to normalize breaks and avoid comparison.
Dune The star, Zendaya, spoke about why social media makes her anxious and the importance of taking breaks. At the age of 25, Zendaya is one of the richest actresses in Hollywood. She began her career as a child actress on Disney, with Rocky Blue in Shake it. She went on to play the role of MJ in the MCU Spider Man franchise and also claims award-winning roles in Malcolm & Marie and Euphoria. More recently, she starred alongside Timothée Chalamet in Denis Villeneuve’s film Dune.
As a young actress in Hollywood, Zendaya faced a lot of public scrutiny. Recently, the internet has exploded over rumors that Zendaya is dating her. Spider Man co-starring Tom Holland. Rumors have circulated since the very first Spider-Man: Homecoming film, and have remained mere rumors as the two stars have denied any relationship. However, that changed when a photo of Zendaya and Holland kissing surfaced and hit the internet. While the internet has widely expressed its enthusiasm for the adorable couple, it must also be recognized that the photo of their kiss was a big breach in privacy. While social media appreciates Zendaya’s presence, she explains why she struggles with it.
In an interview with People, Zendaya explained why social media makes her anxious. Although one can’t guess from her career, Zendaya was actually a shy child. Even as an adult, she still carried some of those shy childish attitudes with her. This has caused her to overthink what she posts on social media and sometimes feel pressure from her followers to post. However, she has realized that her followers want her to exist beyond social media. She urged others struggling with social media to avoid comparing themselves to others and to feel comfortable taking breaks. Check out his statement below:
I have always been a shy child. I would find that being on social media would make me a little anxious, or I would start to overthink it. I haven’t posted, and my fans probably hate it, which I understand. But I’m too overwhelmed with having to post things, and if I think about it too much, I won’t. It’s not worth the shot… [My fans] want me to be happy and exist beyond social media. I prefer to do what I love and post when I have a project to promote … Take the time you need and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
Zendaya is one of the many celebrities to speak out against social media and its harmful effects. Actresses such as Selena Gomez and Daisy Ridley have even deleted their personal social media accounts, due to user harassment or online discussion of their mental or physical health. Zendaya brings up an important point that while supporters want updates and posts, it’s more important to post things they are passionate about, rather than posting just for the sake of posting. This way, Zendaya takes the anxiety out of posting what people want to see and instead chooses to only post promotions as she lives life in the moment.
Social media is a difficult and relatively new force through which celebrities must navigate. While some celebrities have given up on social media altogether, many find it a necessity for promotional purposes. Some celebrities have even found creative approaches to the platform, like Brie Larson’s. Captain marvel workout series on Instagram. However, others end up with thousands of followers and nothing to share or, worse, find racist, sexist or hateful comments on their social media accounts. Thankfully, Zendaya is speaking out about the issue and assuring other users not to worry about social media posts. True fans will understand and support a celebrity no matter how often they post. The Dune star encourages all social media users not to compare themselves to others and to prioritize the present over social media post expectations.
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