Stars Debate the Worth of Social Media
By ROBERT PACE
June 04, 2012
With the ever-growing dominance of social media in pop culture, face-to-face interaction has become much rarer and digital forms of communication reign king among the masses. Although social media help celebrities connect with their fans on a more personal level, what do they really think about the phenomenon?
Victorious star Victoria Justice expressed some concern over social media, saying, "Recently, I've felt like it's taking over our lives in a way. I never used to be the girl that was attached to my phone but because of Twitter and all these outlets, I feel like there are so many ways to connect with people, which is amazing but...I want to live my real life too."
Justice's cautionary thoughts were echoed by Twilight actress Nikki Reed, who only recently joined Twitter after being hounded by her fans. "I can understand the superficial benefits of [social media] but I don't know what it actually does for you and I don't know if it's actually good for you," she said. "That's why it took me so long to start my Twitter."
Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale valued the importance of social media's ability to connect celebrities with their fans but also stressed the need for moderation. "It's all [about] balance," she said. "I think our generation is so lucky to have [social media] to put yourself out there."
It's not all positive feedback that celebrities with over one million Twitter followers like Hale receive, though. "Sometimes they overstep the boundaries but...with one bad comment there's like a thousand nice ones," she said.
Paris Hilton, who has thrived off of exposure from social media with her almost 7.5 million Twitter followers, said that she loves Twitter and social networking. "I get to connect with my fans all around the world," she said of the usefulness of social media. "You can talk to people who [you] could never really get in contact with."
Also a big proponent of social media was LMFAO's Redfoo, who also founded his point-of-view upon his connection with fans. "Instead of dealing with the manager or the fan club, we are talking to the fans directly and getting the feedback," he said. "Social media connect everybody, so I'm for it."
While the celebrities debate, fans continue to enjoy the close connection with the stars that has landed some lucky fans dates with their favorite celebrities.
In an ever-evolving social landscape, the majority of fan mail is now 140 characters or less.