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Billie Eilish Has Stopped Reading Instagram Comments: 'It Was Ruining My Life'

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By Zachary Holt

While the internet and social media platforms can be great things for finding information or interacting with people, it, of course, has its downsides. Specifically, the hateful, offensive, and disrespectful comments that people feel compelled to issue, despite the effects that it has on the people who are on the receiving end of them.

Singer and songwriter, Billie Eilish, has had to learn that the hard way as she officially stopped reading comments on her Instagram due to the hurtful things that people were saying about her. The artist recently appeared on BBC Breakfast to share her thoughts on the matter.

Eilish Admits She Stopped Reading Comments on Instagram Only 2 Days Before Interview

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Eilish appeared on BBC Breakfast, alongside her brother, Finneas O'Connell, who is also her producer. On the program, she was asked by host Louise Minchin if she 'still reads everything on Instagram'. Eilish didn't mince her words, to say the least.

"I stopped like two days ago. Literally two days ago. I stopped reading comments fully," the musician responded. "[…] Because it was ruining my life. Once again. It’s weird. The cooler the things you get to do are, the more people hate you, it’s crazy."

Finneas O'Connell Thinks People Use Hateful Speech Because They Only Have a 'Small Voice'

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Her brother, O'Connell, was then asked about what he thought motivated people to lash out and say hurtful things to people on social media and other platforms. For O'Connell, he likened it to people feeling as though they didn't have a big voice, but instead, a direct communication line to others who are more high-profile.

"When you feel that you have no public voice, and somebody does have a public voice, it seems so immeasurable in that equality scale of whose voice is louder," he began. "And you feel like your voice is very quiet. Even though on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, it can reach them directly."

O'Connell Says That Everyone Shares the Same Emotions, Nobody Is Immune

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O'Connell also touched on the notion that people on social media might believe that nothing they say can hurt people, especially those with fame and fortune, something he discredited, sharing that everyone is equal in how they feel emotions.

"So I think you might reach someone, a famous celebrity, and you might think, ‘sticks and stones, nothing I can say is actually gonna be potent to them’. But it’s all very equal online," he concluded.

And ironically, Eilish's announcement comes only two days after Tom Holland shared that he would be taking time away from the Instagram Platform for similar reasons.

Spiderman Actor, Tom Holland, Announces Plans to Step Back From Instagram

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For Holland, his reasons were a bit different, but not totally, when examining the scope of how social media, and especially Instagram, influence people and their emotions.

Speaking to E! News, the 23-year-old Spiderman actor shared, "It was taking over my life, and I was becoming obsessed by it. Like, ‘How many likes did I get?’ and ‘What did people say about my picture?’ and who’s doing this and who’s doing that. I found myself focusing more on my Instagram life than I was on my real life."

He concluded that he was set on just working on himself without the input of others on the platform. "Now that I’ve taken a step back and I’ve started to focus on Tom and the future of what Tom is gonna be, I have… I’m talking about myself in the third person, I sound like such a dick, but you know what I mean. I’m just working on myself, and I feel really great for it," Holland concluded.

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