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    Emma Chamberlain Opened Up About How Social Media Has Negatively Impacted Her Mental Health

    "Growing up on social media gave me eating issues as a kid. I literally have struggled with that my whole life."

    In case you live off the internet, this is Emma Chamberlain, the 18-year-old YouTuber who's constantly changing the internet world every. damn. day.

    And recently, she just hit a major milestone — she's on the cover of Cosmo's February issue.

    In addition to appearing on her first magazine cover, Emma also shed some light on her own experiences growing up with social media and influencer culture.

    Photos by Eric Ray Davidson / Cosmopolitan

    When asked about being an "influencer," Emma shockingly said, "I think the word 'influencer' is kind of disgusting…Let’s use me as an example: If someone is calling me an influencer, they're saying that my job is to influence, and I don’t think that's true. I prefer to entertain and be a friend. I don’t want to influence."

    Photos by Eric Ray Davidson / Cosmopolitan

    She also said that "growing up on social media gave me eating issues as a kid. I literally have struggled with that my whole life."

    Photos by Eric Ray Davidson / Cosmopolitan

    "Almost every person I’ve met has had some form of an eating disorder. I mean, I’ve had...I don’t want to trigger anyone, but so many.”

    “I’ve been fully not at a healthy weight and I thought I was obese multiple times. It’s awful. My whole family was telling me I looked terrible. They were like, ‘You look like you’re dying.’ I was like, ‘I think I look great.’”

    Photos by Eric Ray Davidson / Cosmopolitan

    And when asked about photo editing apps, Emma said, “I refuse to do that because nobody needs to think I look like that. I look the way I look.”

    Photos by Eric Ray Davidson / Cosmopolitan

    And honestly, I think it's refreshing to hear someone with as much fame as Emma be so honest about how negative the internet can be and try to make a difference with her own content.

    So congrats, Emma, on this very well-deserved accomplishment. And on behalf of Gen Z'ers everywhere, please, please, please never stop being you.

    Photos by Eric Ray Davidson / Cosmopolitan

    Read the rest of Emma's Cosmo interview here!

    The National Eating Disorders Association helpline is 1-800-931-2237; for 24/7 crisis support, text “NEDA” to 741741.