Just a few weeks ago, scientists revealed that the “regular use of social networking can negatively affect your emotional wellbeing and satisfaction with life” – and we don’t doubt it. After all, maintaining that aura of ‘perfection’ takes a great deal of effort, scrolling through your news feed can spark feelings of envy and FOMO, and having so much of your life on show can feel a little overwhelming at times.
This is true even for celebrities who are used to being in the spotlight. And now Anne Hathaway has announced that she will be taking a step back from social media, in a bid to focus on remaining ‘positive’ for 2017.
Sharing a video of a flickering candle on Instagram, the Academy Award winner wrote: “Let's keep it positive, people. I am grateful to 2016 for the birth of my son and all that has meant, for the lesson(s) that there are no guarantees and we should celebrate and delight in each other now and not later, and that within the greatest crisis always lay the path to achieving the greatest wisdom.”
Hathaway went on to offer her own words of advice to all those who were emotionally affected by the events of last year (such as Trump’s rise to power, and Britain’s decision to Brexit).
“2016 was marked by many difficult moments and there were many corresponding reactions,” she wrote. “As we go into a new year full of new opportunities, please remember that anger is a depot and not the train, so don't let it be your whole journey.
“Let's all trust deeper and love freer and light the way the best we are able into 2017. Love, light, peace.”
At the end of her heartfelt message, she added a postscript.
It read simply: “I wanted to let you know I am taking a pause from Instagram and Facebook. Until next we meet.”
Hathaway is not the only celebrity to take a break from social media this year; Gigi Hadid also announced that she had made the “empowering” decision to switch off, too.
“I'm taking a month off, actually, during the New Year,” explained the 21-year-old model, whilst hosting an empowerment panel with Lena Dunham, Ruby Rose, Aly Raisman, and Zoe Kravitz. “I'm not deleting my account, I'm just taking the apps off my phone.”
Hadid went on to explain that she hopes the majority of her fans will support her decision to take a step back – but she also had a strong message to those who feel ‘upset’ by it.
“A lot of the world feels so entitled to other peoples' lives, which is so crazy,” she said. “I'm going to take a break when I feel like it, and when I come back and share it with you, if you want to be supportive and still follow me, that's great. But, if you're going to be upset that I need to be human for a month, than maybe I don't want your follow anyway.”
If you are considering a digital detox, be sure to read what happened when Stylist’s resident digi-addict Jamie Klingler decided to consciously uncouple from social media.
We also have a digital detox plan on standby, which promises to help you to weed out the most energy sapping aspects of a life plugged-in, without going totally off the grid