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Without revealing exactly what she found, Lively told Variety that Googling herself "just ended in full depression," she said. "So I think it's a good rule of thumb not to Google yourself because the Internet is not nice."
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After posting two hilarious, if unflattering, photos to Instagram — one of which was a throwback photo of her sitting at a computer, wearing a sports bra and shorts, with her hair disheveled, and the other a screenshot of a FaceTime call she was taking while getting a facial massage — Perry revealed that she got a self-esteem boost by searching the phrase "Katy Perry hot." "Was feeling insecure about my last two posts so," she captioned the photo, which is definitely a confidence booster if we've ever seen one.
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People of the Internet, you can insult Stone all you like, but she's just going to laugh it off. In 2014, she admitted to Vogue that she does, occasionally Google herself. “I don’t usually like what I find,” she said. “But some of it is really funny." Stone then promptly mentioned a comment that referred to her as "a Bland Basic B----" and then proceeded to refer to herself as such throughout the rest of her dinner with the reporter. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how she deals with online trolls.
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Though she prides herself on not letting fame go to her head, Lawrence is aware that everything she says can very quickly become tabloid fodder. “I’m so scared to say anything now. I can see every negative way that people can take it, and I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining,” Lawrence told The New York Times. “It probably comes from Googling myself. If it were up to me, I would not talk. I would just act." But before you tell her to stop Googling herself, well, Lawrence knows she should too, but she can't help it: “You try being 22, having a period and staying away from Google. I once Googled ‘Jennifer Lawrence Ugly.’ [Laughs] Do I sound bitchy?”
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ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
Unlike some other celebrities, RDJ is all about looking himself up online. “Oh, I love all that s—-, personally. Sorry. I just love it," he admitted in an Oscars interview. "Because it’s a hoot. Some people overstate their support, like they know you. Other people are busy doing something else and just want to go on this chat site and say some despicable character assassination, which I honestly think they kind of nailed it. I do have that shortcoming. It’s really fun."
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Though she admitted to The Sun that she only does it in "very, very dark moments," even Witherspoon has given in to temptation now and then. “I know what I’m in for. You never read anything positive,” she said. “You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re tired, you’re worthless, you don’t have a career anymore, you’re a bad actor. It’s just an affirmation of every horrible feeling you have about yourself.” (For the record, Reese, if we could, we'd make it so that you could only read all the times we write about Legally Blonde being our favorite movie.)
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Remember back when the Internet wasn't the biggest fan of Kristen Stewart? Well, she does too, because she read it all: "The commenters are usually worse than the bloggers. I know what people say about me," she told Allure in 2009. Still, she does have one solid reason for giving in and Googling herself. “I do like to look at what I wear, though," she said. "It’s not like I put on a f---ing dress and don’t care about it after.”
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“I had gotten out of the habit of googling myself because that’s just a bad idea to ever do that,” the Oscar winner revealed to Ellen DeGeneres, even admitting to having read articles about why everyone "hated" her. “I listened at first. I couldn’t help it. You know and you try to shut it off and I couldn’t and then I realized why I couldn’t was I hadn’t learned to love myself yet. I hadn’t gotten there. And if you don’t love yourself when someone else says horrible thing to you part of you is always going to believe them.”
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Not only did the 30 Rock star admit to Googling herself when she won a Golden Globe in 2009, she called out mean message board commenters by screen name. "If you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet," she said, "and you can find a lot of people there who don't like you. And I'd like to address some of them right now. BabsAndLacrosse, you can suck it. DianeFan, you can suck it. CougarLetter, you can really suck it, because you've been after me all year." (Yes, for the record, those are real people, and no, DianeFan still isn't a big supporter of Fey's.)
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One celeb who has sworn off Googling herself? ScarJo, who told Elle in 2013, "I've stopped Googling myself — nothing good ever comes of it. It gives you an inflated sense of yourself, too. It makes you feel like everyone is paying attention to you and they're not."
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NICOLE "SNOOKI" POLIZZI
When asked by Paper magazine in 2011 what the last thing she Googled was, the Jersey Shore alumnae was typically candid: "Me," she said. "I wanted to gather photos of myself from the Grammys." To be fair, it's not that much different than our own habit of banking a bunch of selfies when our makeup looks particularly good ...