Jennifer Aniston compares social media to tobacco industry

Jennifer Aniston has compared the inexorable pull of social media platforms to addiction.

The popular actress, 48, has generated an enormous following thanks to her former role in American sitcom Friends and a lengthy film career, spawning dozens of Twitter and Instagram accounts dedicated to her every move.

But she admits to avoiding social media in all its forms in a new interview with Vogue – and likens its influence to a smoker’s need for cigarettes.  

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Addictive: Jennifer Aniston has compared the inexorable pull of social media platforms to addiction

Addictive: Jennifer Aniston has compared the inexorable pull of social media platforms to addiction

She said: ‘I equate it to the tobacco industry; it’s hard enough being a kid growing and becoming who you are and finding yourself but now you have social media and you’ve added this extra pressure of seeing if someone likes or doesn’t like something you did.

‘We’re creating these man-made challenges and it’s such a drag… honestly, when I look around and see people constantly on their phones, I feel like we’re missing so much. And it’s something we created.’

The actress, who exchanged vows with husband Justin Theroux in 2015, also gave a withering assessment of those who criticize her for not having children.

Not interested: The actress admits to avoiding social media in all its forms - and likens its influence to a smoker's need for cigarettes

Not interested: The actress admits to avoiding social media in all its forms - and likens its influence to a smoker's need for cigarettes

Not interested: The actress admits to avoiding social media in all its forms – and likens its influence to a smoker’s need for cigarettes

‘I don’t think it’s getting much better,’ she explained. ‘I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category.

‘They’re either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming.’ 

Jennifer is also known for keeping great care of herself, even growing her own beauty products in the garden.

Hitting out: The actress, who exchanged vows with husband Justin Theroux in 2015, also gave a withering assessment of those who criticize her for not having children 

Hitting out: The actress, who exchanged vows with husband Justin Theroux in 2015, also gave a withering assessment of those who criticize her for not having children 

Hitting out: The actress, who exchanged vows with husband Justin Theroux in 2015, also gave a withering assessment of those who criticize her for not having children 

In an interview with Refinery29, the actress revealed a weakness for sunbathing, which she loves despite the damage it can do to her skin.

So to remedy that, she moisturizes a lot — and picks aloe vera plants from the ‘gorgeous’ vegetable garden in her yard to use on her skin. 

‘Sunbathing is a toughie for me,’ she explained. ‘I struggle with it, because I love it so much, but I’ve been trying to be better.

‘To counteract the damage it does is, I first try to do it less of it, and then make sure to highly moisturize after. I also throw in some aloe vera from our garden when I can.’

‘It’s so good for skin to use not just the stuff from the store, but the real aloe from the plant. Go for the real s***.’ 

 

 

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