Scarlett Johansson, the 38-year-old actress best known for her role as the ‘Black Widow’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has revealed that she intentionally stays away from social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram due to her fragile ego. Johansson admitted that she finds these platforms too addictive and is afraid of becoming completely absorbed in the world of social media.
During an appearance on ‘The Skinny Confidential Him and Her’ podcast, the star opened up about her decision to avoid social media. She confessed, “I honestly am too fragile a person to have social media. My ego is too fragile. I can’t deal with it. My brain is too fragile. I’m like a delicate flower. I have enough anxiety … that [reading the comments] would give me so much anxiety. I can’t … ”
Johansson shared a story of her brief encounter with Instagram, which only lasted for several days before she deleted her account. She recounted, “I had Instagram once for like three days when I restarted realizing that I’d spent 20 minutes looking at somebody’s Instagram page, someone who worked for a friend of mine. I now know you have a Pitbull and two daughters and you live in Burbank … I just wasted 17 minutes, I now feel like I should move to California, get this specific dog, and change my life in all these ways. I felt so bad like I was missing out on this random person’s life. I can’t do it. I’m too fragile. I have too much anxiety about other things.”
Despite her aversion to social media, Johansson admitted that she occasionally considers joining TikTok. She said, “I mean it’s fun. TikTok every time I see it in the office I become like a three-year-old with their mom’s phone, where I get completely absorbed into it. So that’s why I know I can’t have it.”
The actress’s decision to stay away from social media highlights the challenges and pressures that come with being in the public eye. While many celebrities use these platforms to connect with fans and share aspects of their lives, Johansson’s experience demonstrates that for some, the potential risks to mental well-being outweigh the potential benefits.