Kerry Washington is taking a break from social media, plus why other celebs have done the same

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This week, Kerry revealed she is taking a step back but made sure to go out in style as she tweeted a video of "all the moments" she won't get to share with her followers while she's away.

On Twitter, she writes: "I love you guys. But it's time for me to take a little break from the socials.

"I know there's gonna be a lot of special moments unfolding in the next few weeks so I put together a video of all the moments that we would have shared together this month. Miss you already."

As well as early birthday messages to the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Mariah Carey and Eva Longoria, Kerry shared a video compilation celebrating plenty of other milestones ahead of time.

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Grabbing a basketball, the Scandal actress says: "Happy March Madness! Can you believe the game last night?"

Posing with a glass of red wine and some popcorn, she adds: "Today is National Popcorn Lover's Day. Also known as Saint Olivia Pope Day. Cheers!"

Kerry also dressed up in a leprechaun hat and shamrock necklace to mark St. Patrick's Day and lit a match for the upcoming one-year anniversary of her show Little Fires Everywhere.

She even got her dad, Earl Washington, onboard for a funny cameo as she asked him to tell everyone a dad joke. 

Excessive social media use can have a toll on all of us, Kerry is among other celebrities who have regularly taken much-needed breaks from the net such as Jessica Nkosi and Selena Gomez among many others. 

According to a UK study published in medical journal EClinicalMedicine, the use of social media is more likely to trigger depression among young women than in young men. The study highlights the accumulating evidence that young women tend to exhibit a range of mental health problems more than young men. 

However, this study highlights that "underlying processes are not [yet] well understood."

Another study conducted in 2017 found that Instagram is the worst social media platform for mental health, as it was linked to anxiety and depression.

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Research from the University of Surrey says Facebook is linked to perceptions of worsening physical health and women perceived more symptoms. In a nutshell, social media applications can have a negative impact on your mental health. 

If you are an avid social media user, then you know how easily you can find yourself comparing your life to that of your online friends. The problem with this is that it can quickly lead to serious self-esteem issues.

"Social media plays a huge role in today’s world where we live our lives through other people’s posts and what they are sharing. Of course this is unrealistic as many people only post the good things happening in their lives and very rarely when they are going through a tough time. This leaves us feeling unhappy about our present achievements," - author and relationship expert Paula Quinsee.

Those in the limelight are no exception, which is why some of them will occasionally take social media breaks when it all becomes overwhelming.

This is what some have had to say about going offline:

Hailey Baldwin

She has a successful modeling career and is married to her best friend Justin Bieber, and yet Hailey Baldwin says her life is not as polished as it looks.

"I have had more days than I can count where I've found myself scrolling through Instagram comparing myself, comparing my looks, feeling like I'm not good enough feeling like I lack so many things and really struggling to be confident in who I am because I constantly feel like I'm just not good enough," she said in a raw Instagram post.

She has previously said she finds it hard to focus on her well-being and mental health when each time she opens Instagram someone is tearing her life apart. 

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is no stranger to social media breaks, she took one in September last year and is still not back.

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“Update: taking a social media break. Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember - negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings,” she wrote.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie took a social media break when she was pregnant with her daughter Stormi. When she finally returned, she apologised to her followers for keeping them in the dark about her pregnancy and simply said she was avoiding stress.

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“There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion, so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness,” she wrote.

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Ariana Grande

After breaking off her engagement from comedian Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande took a social media break as well. She said she found it difficult to avoid news she did not want to see.

“Time to say bye bye again to the internet for just a little bit. It's hard not to bump into news n stuff that I’m not trying to see,” she wrote.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea once left Twitter for months after trolls flooded her mentions because she had posted a picture wearing a bikini.

“Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it’s shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite," she tweeted before her hiatus.

Jessica Nkosi

Jessica Nkosi took a social media break before she announced her pregnancy to her followers last year.

Speaking to True Love, she said she did not want any drama. “There’s nothing scandalous about my pregnancy. Therefore, I don’t want any drama around it and I certainly don’t want anyone to have an opinion about it," she said.


Jhené Aiko

Jheno Aiko went quiet on Instagram when there were nasty rumours about boyfriend Big Sean cheating on her. The gossip began to get to her and she decided to lay off Instagram for a while. She returned last year in November and disabled comments from her posts.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian took a social media hiatus after she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. She was away from all her social media platforms and from the public eye for three months.

Kim's assistant, Stephanie Shepard confirmed the social media break. 

"Hey group, so you may have noticed we haven’t updated the app in a couple weeks but not to worry we’ve called upon Kim’s closest friends, [family] and yours truly to save up some exclusives," she said on Kim's App.

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