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Cate Blanchett talks obsession with social media and selfies: ‘It’s pathetic’

Sorry Cate Blanchett fans. Cate is not into social media, which means you can’t follow her on Twitter or Instagram or like her on, well, anything. And the world won’t be exposed to her selfies, because she won’t be taking any.

Blanchett is not a fan of the social media-obsessed or the selfie generation. In an interview with Yahoo! Beauty, she said, “People constantly are taking pictures of ourselves to send them to people to see if they like me, ‘Do they like me?’”

“It’s pathetic, the whole thing about people worrying about what other people are going to think,” the Blue Jasmine actress said. The 46-year-old thinks this obsession is linked to a lack of self-respect.

She continued: “The like and the dislike is just totally primary schoolyard. I cannot for the life of me work out why adults are participating in that s—.”

As far as social media goes, and the media in general, Blanchett believes that this way to build community is actually forming our opinions for us. She referred to the dictation of the election cycle as an example, PEOPLE reports.

“It’s like a circus run by the media. There’s a subversive quality to the Internet, and I do think there’s a genuine ability to connect,” Blanchett said. Though the Internet is a “genuine” way to connect with other in her eyes, I don’t foresee Blanchett thinking any differently of the like button, Facebook or Twitter.

In the interview, she claimed that social media “divides people.” She added that it “sets up rivalry and jealousy and a sense of: ‘The life over there is better than the life over here.’”

The Cinderella star even took her rant a step further and said that her email wears her down. She said she feels “panicked” when she checks her email after a hiatus. However, she did admit that she misses “out on a lot of stuff” and attends less parties than she wants to attend.

It’s a double-edged sword. Social media and the online world can become toxic, but without it, we could miss “out on a lot of stuff.”

Though she won’t be on social media, Blanchett WILL soon be on screens everywhere. She will star alongside the handsome Robert Redford in the James Vanderbilt-directed film Truth, which details the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service and the criticism that cost Mary Mapes and Dan Rather their jobs.

According to IMDb, the film will be released on Oct. 16.

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