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Dua Lipa Has Some Important Things To Say About Social Media Trolls

'I dive in and I almost go looking for things I don't want to see.'
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We all have a love-hate relationship with social media. Sure, in many ways it's changed our lives for the better. We have a home for all of our pictures, we can put filters on them and make them look fancy (vs those sketchy Facebook ones, lest we forget).

It allows us to keep up to date with pretty much anyone, at any time, ever. This, however, clearly comes with its setbacks.

Social media trolls have sadly become the norm and can have a devastating effect on people's self-esteem.

In a recent interview on BBC Breakfast, Dua lipa described social media as a "breeding ground for hate and anxiety."

Speaking to Louise Minchin, she went on to say that: "Social media can be such an amazing tool and it can be so fun to share things," but that she wishes people were kinder online.

"People feel like they can say things because they're hiding behind a computer screen and for me it's important to use social media in bite sizesas long as it makes me feel good, and the second it doesn't, I like to take some time away from it."

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"Some days I don't read into the comments. Some days maybe I feel a little bit more vulnerable and I dive in and I almost go looking for things I don't want to see," she explained.

She went on to say that people should use the platform to encourage positivity, rather than hate.

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"I feel like that's something we should all do, we should encourage kindness and protect our fans and protect ourselvesjust 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 besometimes at the expense of others. But it's baby steps. Hopefully we can try and make it a much safer experience for everyone."

Dua is definitely not the first celebrity to speak out about the dark side of social media.

Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has spoken candidly about her debilitating experience with nasty online bullies in the documentary Odd One Out, who at one point caused her to consider taking her own life.

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Selena Gomez has also previously said that social media is "terrible for young people."

In a bid to help prevent the negative effects, Instagram declared they would be removing likes from the app, a feature that has been said to cause much anxietyespecially in the younger generations. This, however, has yet to be rolled out.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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