Why everyone should take a social media detox


That’s what Kim Kardashian is urging people to do when it comes to social media.

The reality star preached the anti-social message recently on “Live!” with pal Ryan Seacrest, reflecting on her extreme social media blackout last October, following her harrowing attack in Paris where she was robbed and held at a gunpoint. The selfie queen, with more than 100 million followers, refrained from posting for three months — costing her an estimated $300,000 per sponsored post.

“I took a couple months off and I just wasn’t on social media. And honestly, I think it’s so beneficial for everyone in life, no matter what you do, who you are, how old you are, you need a digital detox,” she told Seacrest.

“We have to go on vacation. Even if you stay at home and have your digital detox vacation it is so important.”

Kardashian is hardly the first to cut back from obsession-inducing apps like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Her husband, Kanye West, is currently inactive on social media and has been on and off since he was hospitalized for exhaustion last year. In July, Ed Sheeran quit Twitter because he was sick of people “saying mean things” and hasn’t posted in more than a month. Last year, actress Leslie Jones left the same social site “with tears” after trolls harassed the star with racist and sexists tweets. She returned two weeks later assuring followers, “I always get back up.” And Justin Bieber threatened fans he’d make his Instagram private last year when they tweeted negative comments about his then girlfriend Sofia Richie.

Others use it in moderation. Tom Hanks takes to social media as a “lost and found” of sorts, only posting photos of lost items he stumbles on the street rather than feeding into trending “fads.” And Emma Watson compares her daily social intake to counting calories.

“Social media takes so much of our attention,” Watson told CNN in April. “It’s so important to keep an eye on what…

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