Actress Kristen Stewart despises the way social media has made addicts out of people who feel the need to "validate" themselves online.
The Twilight star is among the few celebrities who refuse to share their lives publicly on sites like Twitter and Facebook, and although she previously admitted to having a private Instagram account, she insists she is not a fan of the way social media has become so ingrained in society, especially because so much can be wrongly interpreted online.
"When you speak to someone on the phone, that is a decipherable, understandable exchange," she tells V Magazine. "But with text and social media, it's essentially a dialogue with yourself and your interpretation of a shadow. It's not invalid; it's a new language."
She continues, "But you also become addicted to that hit by yourself and with yourself, every seven minutes or so, and you end up wasting so much time just validating something very superficial in yourself. It has definitely changed us."
Kristen's need to keep parts of her life as private as possible is also why she forces herself to take a step back from the limelight in between projects, so she can balance out the demands of Hollywood.
"I know that it seems like just a couple weeks at a time or whatever, but between Cannes and the New York Film Festival, it seems like I need to force myself to be like, 'OK no, stop being external. Enough of the output.' Sometimes, you need to - this sounds so cliché - meditate on replenishing the well."