Tom Holland: “Social Media Detrimental to My Mental State”

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“Spider-Man” actor Tom Holland says he’s needs a break from his social media to look after his mental health. 

Holland, 26, told his Instagram followers over the weekend. 

“I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming,” he said in a video. “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.”

Holland said he briefly came back to Instagram to promote Stem 4 – a U.K. based mental health charity that contributes toward “helping young kids who are suffering.” He supports Stem 4 though his organization, The Brothers Trust. 

“There is an awful stigma against mental health and I know that asking for help and seeking help isn’t something we should be ashamed of,” he said. Before leaving, he said he would “disappear” from Instagram again.

Celebrities such as Selena Gomez also have stayed away from social media to improve their mental health. Gomez revealed she has stayed off her social media profiles for more than four and a half years, saying she’s “happier” and “more present” since she made the decision. 

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently published the first experimental research linking the use of social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram to decreased well-being. The results revealed that limiting social media use decreased symptoms of depression and loneliness.

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