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Studies show that repeatedly overusing social media can have serious negative effects on the brain, similar to addiction. And to Selena Gomez, this isn’t exactly news. After a weekend filled with social media activity, Gomez announced that she is taking *another* break from using social media. Obviously, it’s getting in the way of living her best life.

“Update: taking a social media break. Again,” Gomez captioned an Instagram selfie on Sunday. “As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given.”

She finished her #inspiring selfie post by saying, “Just remember—negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.” In case you forgot, or missed it, or don’t care enough to investigate, Gomez was the subject of Insta-bullying this year. The big bully in question? Stefano Gabbana of the Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. In June, Gabbana called the “Back to You” singer “so ugly” in a comment on Instagram. Rude.

As much as those comments sting, they likely aren’t the only reason behind Gomez’s social media hiatus. Last month, she opened up in an interview with Elle about her work with A21, an organization that aims to end human trafficking. She’s also an executive producer for the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” in addition to making new music.

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Alright. Speaking from my heart for over an hour to someone who puts those thoughts into paid words can be hard for me. The older I get the more I want my voice to be mine. This is all apart of my work within an industry that’s been around longer than all of us have been. The purpose of my interview was three fold. My work with A21, my new collection with Coach, and some new music. As I’m aware there will always be interests in one’s personal life because that’s the pace of our ‘social’ generation. I’m grateful for my position and I will always find ways to make my job more about others and giving back— all while having the best time with my music, fashion, film and my love for learning about the world that I’m eager to tap into more and more. Church is a name for something far more personal. There’s always agenda seeking information on such a subject and I understand why. Rarely do I mention church (and I didn’t) , but I’ll always feel comfortable talking about my values and beliefs. I respect that from everyone and anyone. I understand that reporters are working to grab the attention of a reader, however I will always work to ensure that what is public represents my truth. I’m a bit bummed but rarely surprised. Y’all know me and my heart. I can’t help it. So I’ll post some of MY photos from the collection and work with A21. My heart. And maybe edit my actual lyrics as you will all hear it soon ? I love you guys to the moon and back. For more information on the work I do with A21 please, please visit link in my bio. So much more on that soon!

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