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6 Celebs Who Took Social Media Breaks in 2017

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Social media is great for so many unnecessary but entertaining things — sharing posts, stalking exes, and getting mercilessly trolled by strangers. But sometimes, social media can take a toll on one’s mental health, which is why it’s healthy to take breaks from time to time. The following celebs did just that, so hopefully they’ll inspire you to take a break from Twitter/ Instagram/ Snapchat for a bit to focus on the important, real things in life — like, I guess, living?

Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran deleted his Twitter account in July, and everyone immediately assumed it was because of how much he got trolled for his Game of Thrones cameo. But Ed told British paper The Sun that he’d been planning on getting off Twitter for a while, saying, “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. Twitter’s a platform for that. One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it.” His account is now back up and running, but Ed has yet to post anything new.

Taylor Swift

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A few days before Taylor announced her return to music with “Look What You Made Me Do” and her fourth studio album, Reputation, she deleted all previous posts from her Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram accounts and went completely dark on social media. While many speculated she was leaving social media for good, it turned out it was her way of building anticipation to her new music/”new Taylor”.

Aziz Ansari

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Aziz completely took a step back from the Internet in 2017, and has said the decision has already changed his life for the better. He explained to GQ, “Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go to on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself.”

Natalia Taylor

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YouTuber Natalia actually quit social media in July and has still not yet returned. She announced she was leaving social media, explaining that she might go to college or “move forward with a possible career”. Natalia also said that despite being extremely grateful for the internet, she needs to focus on herself.

Chance Sutton

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Team 10 member Chance deleted his verified Twitter account after he was hacked and a number of NSFW messages and pictures were leaked. Despite confirming that the pictures were not of him, Chance stayed off Twitter for a while before starting up a completely new Twitter account.

Amandla Stenberg

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Amandla didn’t quit social media entirely, but she DID get rid of her iPhone. She explained of the decision, saying, it was “essential in preserving my mental health. Now I have a flip phone that I just use to talk to people and hear their actual voices. I’m worried about the mental health effects of smartphones and social media on kids because it is one large social experiment that we don’t know the outcome of.” Now THIS is pure willpower. (But real question: How does she get directions anywhere?!)

What’s the longest you’ve gone without checking your social accounts? Let us know @Smosh! (Or don’t if you’re taking a break from it! In that case, maybe wait until after your break to Tweet at us. We’ll wait.)