Celebrities Share Their Reasons for Taking A Break from Social Media
In the last few years, a string of celebs have decided to take a break from social media for various reasons to allow themselves to recalibrate and better their mental health. Through that, many have gotten candid about their own reasonings, which we greatly appreciate.
In today's digital age, social media has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. It's a platform that allows us to connect with people across the globe, share our thoughts and experiences, and even build our careers. But for some celebrities and let's be honest most of us regular folks, the downside of social media can become too much to bear.
In recent years, an increasing number of high-profile stars have spoken out about their need to take a break from social media to protect their mental health. From Ed Sheeran to Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, Justin Bieber, and Lizzo, let's take a closer look at their reasons for stepping back from social media.
Reasons behind Stars' Decision to Delete Social Media
Ed Sheeran's Turbulent Time
Ed Sheeran uploaded a video to his Instagram account on January 31, 2023, explaining his absence from social media for the past two years. The singer cited having a “turbulent” time recently as the reason for his silence. Sheeran was candid in the video, admitting that he had not been active on social media, and the things posted on his account might have gotten boring. He added: “Umm, the reason I'm making this video is just being totally honest, I've had some turbulent things been happening in my personal life, so I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I'm not when I wasn’t feeling like that.”
He apologized for not engaging with his fan base, stating that he had some turbulent things happening in his personal life, and did not feel like pretending to be something he was not. He said: “Hi guys, so I realize I haven’t been that engaged in my social media or my fan base online over the last couple of years.”
Sheeran ended by saying that things were looking up, and that weird s*** would begin to be posted soon.
Tom Holland's Detrimental Effects
Spider-Man actor, Tom Holland, shared on Instagram that he is taking time away from social media to focus on his mental health. Holland explained in a video that Instagram and Twitter can be overstimulating and overwhelming, causing him to spiral when he reads things about him online. Telling fans: “I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming.”
He further explained that it is detrimental to his mental health, and he decided to delete the app. “I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online and ultimately it's very detrimental to my mental state. So I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”
Many people have praised the British actor for being open about mental health, calling it a “smart move.”
Justin Bieber's Battling Trolls
Justin Bieber has always been open about his mental health and took a brief break from social media in 2016. This was after a surge of negative comments were shared under a photo he posted with his then-love interest, Sofia Ritchie. Following the hateful comments, Biebs decided to delete his Instagram account for a short while.
Lizzo's Twitter Break
In January 2020, Lizzo decided to take a break from Twitter, citing too many trolls. The ‘Good As Hell’ star tweeted at the time, “Yeah I can’t do this Twitter s**t no more… too many trolls,” before adding she’ll be back ‘when I feel like it’. She returned to Twitter over a year later just in time to tease some new music.
Selena Gomez's Cyberbullying Ordeal
Selena Gomez deleted her Instagram account in 2017 after hackers gained access to her account. Following the incident, the ‘Lose You To Love Me’ singer admitted that she deletes the app at least once a week for mental health reasons. Gomez revealed in an interview with The New York Times in 2017 that she fixates on negative comments and can't avoid reading them. She noted that the comments go beyond appearance and seem to cut to her soul, causing her insecurities to rise.
Taking a break from social media can have a positive impact on your mental health. Celebrities are no different from regular people; they, too, have their own insecurities and vulnerabilities. Many have come forward and shared their experiences with social media and the impact it has had on their mental health. Their experiences demonstrate that taking a step back from social media can be beneficial for one's mental wellbeing. So, next time you find yourself overwhelmed with social media, take a break, just like these celebs did.