The interview came just four months after Sweeney was the target of hateful comments on another social media platform, with the actress baring her soul in a tearful Instagram live. "Apparently I am trending on Twitter right now for being ugly," she said, per BuzzFeed. "I would never actually do this, ever, but I think it's really important for people to see how words actually affect people."
According to the Mayo Clinic, the harms of social media, particularly to teens, are well documented by studies. Despite having benefits when it comes to forming connections with people, "social media use can also negatively affect teens, distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people's lives and peer pressure," states the clinic.
What's more, some studies "have observed links between high levels of social media use and depression or anxiety symptoms," informs its website, citing various research papers.