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Julia Roberts has a trick for keeping her confidence up: she keeps her Internet use to a minimum. In a new interview with Marie Claire, the August: Osage County actress says that she flat-out refuses to use Twitter, Facebook, or anything of the kind.
"It's kind of like cotton candy," Roberts says of social media. "It looks so appealing and you just can't resist getting in there, and then you just end up with sticky fingers and it lasted an instant."
Her strict online diet also forbids her from Googling herself.
"I have too much potential for collapse," she explains. "There's an anonymity that makes people feel safe to participate in hatefulness. I like a good old-fashioned fistfight if people are pissed off at each other. I just feel like if you're really mad and want to have a fight, then put your dukes up."
Wow, so she actually confronts people face-to-face if she has a problem with them? What a crazy idea! Unfortunately, it's so much harder than sending a tweet that says "i hate u lol."
Honestly, we can only imagine what a minefield the Internet must be when you're a celebrity. Click the wrong link and you'll find someone criticizing a body flaw you never noticed, talking smack about your kids, taking your words out of context, spreading rumors about your love life, or pasting pictures of your head onto someone else's naked body. It's any insecure person's worst nightmare.
Unfortunately, staying away from the Internet is a luxury that most younger celebrities can't afford. Roberts cemented her stardom in the early '90s, and has stayed on top so long that she doesn't need to attract new fans. But for up-and-coming stars, social media is now part of the deal. Celebrities are expected to be accessible to fans, not walled off in some private famous-person world. It may be possible to rise in the ranks without a Twitter account, but it's increasingly difficult. That may be why Roberts only has three words of advice for the new generation of up-and-coming actresses: "Good luck, darling."