This month, we’re giving a collective nod to the celebrities who have decided to take a break from social media. Singers Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran recently announced that they are taking a hiatus to focus on their personal lives. Actor Steve Amell announced his hiatus after tiring of conducting 140-word debates on Twitter. And other high-profile celebrities, like Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt reportedly don’t use social media at all.
Why do we think their actions warrant them “Communicator of the Month” status? For one, people are seriously addicted to social media, spending hours a day on it. Even for those of us who use it much less often, social media is still a major time suck.
Additionally, recent Danish research indicates that taking a break from social media is good for your psyche. Subjects reported feeling higher levels of life satisfaction, better concentration and less stress. Beyond that, surprisingly, they felt less lonely and more sociable. Essentially, when you stop comparing yourself to everyone else, you are happier. When you stop wasting time scrolling through one feed or the other, you have more time to focus on what really matters.
These celebrities, whose careers depend on news coverage and the buzz generated by social media, have made it a point to remove it from their lives, even if just temporarily, to focus on other priorities. And that sends a powerful message we can all buy into.