Dua Lipa Hits Out at Social Media - 'It is a breeding ground for Hate & Anxiety'
Sitting on the BBC sofa, the ‘New Rules’ hit maker said, that whilst she believes that social media provides an ‘amazing’ platform for her, she has also been forced to look away when online abuse get out of control. “Social media can be such an amazing tool and it can be so fun to share things but at the same time it's almost a breeding ground for hate and anxiety.”
“Some days I don't read into the comments. Some days maybe I feel little bit more vulnerable and I dive in and I almost go looking for things I don't want to see."
The conversation came about after Lipa, collaborated with the likes of Hailee Steinfeld and Lana Del Rey in a battle to develop more improved mental health care in the music industry. The power group are hoping to raise £100,000 and raise a better awareness of mental health charities available for people suffering from online abuse such as My Black Dog & CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
The ‘One Kiss’ singer finished the interview expressing her mission to make social media a positive platform to encourage kindness.
"I feel like that's something we should all do, we should encourage kindness and protect our fans and protect ourselves - just be nicer to one another. I feel like we'd all have a much better experience on social media if that was the case.
"You can't change everyone's mind on that, and some people use it as a form of release, in whatever way that may be - sometimes at the expense of others. But it's baby steps. Hopefully we can try and make it a much safer experience for everyone," she said.
Stranger Things star, Millie Bobby Brown is amongst celebrities fighting to end online trolls on social media. “I want to combat negativity on social media – it’s a disease.”
Anxiety & depression is at its highest in young adults and the common denominator is online abuse & bullying. But if we all took a page out of Dua Lipa’s book, social media could be transformed into a positive and empowering platform for all. Be kinder to others. Be more like Dua.