Paris Hilton hopes her kids ‘aren’t as addicted to social media’ as she is when they grow up

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Paris Hilton says she hopes her kids “aren’t as addicted to social media” as she is when they grow up.Charles Sykes/Bravo

  • Paris Hilton says she hopes her kids “aren’t as addicted to social media” as she is when they grow up.

  • She made the comments during a panel at the “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” summit, per People.

  • Hilton previously told BI that influencer culture can be “toxic” and she doesn’t want her kids to be caught up in that.

Paris Hilton says she hopes her kids won’t grow up to be “as addicted to social media” as she is.

During a panel at the “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” summit in Los Angeles on Monday, Hilton said she wanted her children to “live a world outside of social media and being on their phone all the time,” per People.

“So I feel that’s really taken a lot from children. Kids are not going outside anymore and playing as much because everyone’s just so busy on their phones,” Hilton said. “So hopefully my kids won’t be as addicted to social media as I am.”

The summit included panels, performances, and fireside chats featuring Hollywood celebrities and political leaders, including Halle Berry and first lady Dr. Jill Biden.

“I just want my children just to feel just so loved and seen and want to be that next generation of someone that brings positivity to the world and just to have big hearts and big loving,” Hilton said during the panel. “That’s something that’s really important to me.”

Hilton has two children with her husband, Carter Reum. Hilton married Reum in November 2021. The couple welcomed their son Phoenix in January 2023 and their daughter London less than a year later.

This isn’t the first time Hilton has talked about how she doesn’t want her kids to be on social media.

She said in her 2021 reality series “Paris in Love” that she hopes her future daughter has no interest in becoming an influencer and elaborated on her thoughts to Business Insider’s Samantha Grindell.

“I just feel that it can be toxic in some ways where I really wouldn’t want my daughter in this world because I just think there’s so much emphasis on being perfect,” Hilton told BI. “And then having people be mean and write rude comments. I just wouldn’t want my daughter to have to experience that.”

In her 2020 documentary “This Is Paris,” Hilton said she felt “responsible” for getting young people addicted to social media, per Today.

“Everyone says I’m the original influencer, but sometimes I feel like I helped create a monster,” Hilton said in her documentary. “When you add up all those hours … it’s literally like years of your life spent just looking at a phone.”

Hilton isn’t the only celeb mom who has spoken up against social media for kids.

In a January interview with Elle, Penélope Cruz also shared her concerns about letting her kids use social media.

“It’s so easy to be manipulated, especially if you have a brain that is still forming,” Cruz said. “And who pays the price? Not us, not our generation, who, maybe at 25, learned how a BlackBerry worked. It’s a cruel experiment on children, on teenagers.”

Cruz added that her 10-year-old daughter, Luna, and her 12-year-old son, Leo, “don’t even have phones.”

Globally, people spend almost four hours a day looking at their mobile phones, per data from the Global Media Intelligence Report 2023.

Research has also shown that youths who spend the most time glued to their phone screens are more likely to develop depression and anxiety, among other problems, in the future.

However, there are ways to stop the mindless scrolling. When it comes to raising Gen Alpha kids, experts say that parents should keep them offline for as long as possible and emphasize the importance of real-life connections.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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