If you’ve ever found yourself endlessly scrolling on Instagram, seemingly getting sucked into your phone screen, you’re definitely not alone. Tom Holland has been there too, and the Spider-Man actor actually ended up removing the social media app from his phone entirely in order to take a much-needed break.
In a recent interview with E! News, Tom revealed that he wishes Instagram would disappear from the world of technology altogether, adding that he “had to get away from it and take a break.” (FYI, his account is still active, and he has posted recently — so no one panic!)
The actor further explained: “It was taking over my life, and I was becoming obsessed by it. Like, ‘How many likes did I get?’ and ‘What did people say about my picture?’ and who’s doing this and who’s doing that. I found myself focusing more on my Instagram life than I was on my real life.”
Tom’s conclusions are in line with research surrounding smartphone usage. One 2019 study found that Americans check their phones 96 times a day, or once every 10 minutes. And a 2018 Pew Research Center poll found that 26% of adults report going online “almost constantly.”
Fortunately, it seems as though Tom’s IG break was just what the doctor ordered. “Now that I’ve taken a step back and I’ve started to focus on Tom and the future of what Tom is gonna be…I’m just working on myself, and I feel really great for it,” he told E! News, adding that social media can become a placeholder for things IRL that you might not want to deal with. “When you step up and face them, you can get over them and you become happier.”
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