Gomez had quite a bit of withdrawal symptoms right after her decision, she says. “I suddenly had to learn to enjoy myself. That was difficult, because I could always look at other people’s lives for hours. Sometimes I would scroll back in someone’s feed two years before I realized I didn’t even know that person. Now I get my information the old way. When my friends talk about something, they call me to tell me what’s going on. They no longer ask: have you not seen my post?”.
Gomez’s account still exists, the singer passes on photos and quotes to her assistant to post. The fact that she herself no longer goes on Instagram has done her good mentally. “There were 150 million people on that little phone. And I put it away. That was such a relief for me.”