Francesca Capaldi is active on a ton of social media accounts, and is always keeping fans up-to-date and entertained on her Instagram, Snapchat, Musical.ly, and more. But in a new interview, the Dog with a Blog actress explained that she has learned how important it is to balance your offline life with your online presence.
"I think sometime I have a love/hate relationship with social media," Francesca explained, saying it has its "advantages and disadvantages."
"I have found that by posting you can reach so many people all over the world. You can show how you treat others and what you do to be a good person by letting others know about charities and organizations. Also, it is just a fun place to get to know what different people from all over the world are doing," she shared. "I like to try and talk with my followers when I can, and help them by giving advice, but sometimes it gets hard to talk with everyone and I really don’t want to make anyone mad or think I favor someone else if I answer a question and not theirs. I just really wish I answer everyone but I want everyone to know that I do try to read all my comments and I appreciate everyone so much."
Francesca knows firsthand that not all interactions online are positive ones, and there are a lot of mean people out there who use every platform to cyberbully.
"The disadvantages are people using social media for bullying. They can hide behind their computers and phones and say mean, ugly and hurtful things to people they don’t know or to people they want to hurt," she added. "I also think social media can make people feel badly about themselves. People care so much about how many followers they have, how many likes they get and I think this is not good for people’s self esteem."
Francesca has some wise advice for all of us out there who are worried about maintaining a specific image online.
"I think people, girls and boys need to realize that it really isn’t important what strangers think," she advised. "You don’t know so many of the people on your accounts these days and you shouldn’t look to strangers for likes or comments. What is important is to have real relationships with real people. You don’t need to have people you don’t know looking at your personal life and letting them judge you so you can have more followers."
"My situation is a little different because I’m in the public eye, but if I weren’t I would really only want people I know and care about to follow me because I know they would want the best for me," she explained. "Make sure you have good friends and family and remember it is what they think about you that matters. Also what you see on social media can be hurtful when you see people out having fun and doing things that maybe you aren’t included in. I know I have been hurt seeing my friends out with each other and I wasn’t included. Remember that most people post the fun stuff they do to make their lives look interesting. Nobody posts the F they get on their math test. With social media we see all of this and we have to take the good with the bad."
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