On Wednesday, Alec Baldwin deactivated his Twitter account. In a video posted to his Instagram, the actor, 62, explained he used Twitter as a news aggregator but will be moving on because it “wasn’t worth” the “unpleasantness” and the “harshness.”
“Everybody would say to me, well, just ignore all these haters. The problem with Twitter is, Twitter is a lot of haters,” he added.
Baldwin is not alone, and in fact, some stars have taken it a step further. Earlier this year, Pamela Anderson shared her “last post on Instagram, Twitter (and) Facebook.” On Feb. 2, Elon Musk announced to his 48.3 million followers that he was going “off Twitter for a while.” And on on Feb. 27, “Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay disabled her Instagram account, joining other celebrities who have taken hiatuses from these platforms or said goodbye completely.
Experts say we could all try taking a page out of their playbook.
While social media has its benefits – such as building networks and maintaining contact with others – too much time on these platforms is linked to depression, anxiety and stress, explains Dr. Shahla Modir, chief medical officer at All Points North Lodge, an addiction treatment center.
Modir says some people can develop an unhealthy relationship with social media platforms and start to internalize “likes” by creating a connection between online responses and their self-esteem.
In Anderson’s post, she described the liberating experience of stepping away from her screen.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Sara M Moniuszko