John Legend has decided to limit his social media use, and he’s explaining why it’s been beneficial for his mental health. In an interview with Yahoo Life, the singer-songwriter shared that he has started to scale back his social media activity, especially on X, formerly known as Twitter, which he described as “a little too toxic” for him.
Legend’s decision to step back from social media comes in the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover of X, which led to a significant increase in hate speech on the platform, as reported by the New York Times. This toxic environment made Legend realize that staying on social media was taking a toll on his mental well-being.
He shared, “I used to be on social media a lot more than I am now. I generally post more on Instagram and some on TikTok, but I kind of stopped posting on Twitter.” Legend further explained, “After a while, having that much transparency between you and your audience — not just coming from you, but also coming to you — all the incoming discourse, it was just a lot. After a while, I was just like, ‘You know, I don’t need that.’ It’s truly better for my mental health. I just found it better for my mental health to stay away.”
Apart from focusing on his mental well-being, Legend is also prioritizing his physical health. He mentioned that he engages in cardio and weight training, nothing too extreme or innovative, just simple exercises to keep himself fit.
Legend isn’t the only celebrity who has discussed the importance of taking a break from social media. Megan Thee Stallion also recently shared similar sentiments. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the rapper talked about the need to step back and prioritize one’s well-being. She mentioned clearing her phone of all social media apps and finding a balance between hustle culture and self-care.
“I’m making certain adjustments to my routine, and I want to let my Hotties know that it’s acceptable to reset and recharge when necessary,” she stated.
It seems that more and more celebrities are recognizing the negative impact of excessive social media use on their mental health. Taking a break and setting boundaries can have significant benefits in promoting overall well-being. So, if you find yourself overwhelmed by the constant influx of information and discourse on social media, take a page out of John Legend’s book and consider limiting your usage for the sake of your mental health.
In this age of technology and connectivity, it’s essential to prioritize self-care and find a healthy balance between online engagement and real-life experiences. Your mental health matters, and sometimes, a break from the digital world can do wonders.