In the wake of the news that all of the players on the Canadian national team for the World Junior Championship will log off of all forms of social media, several of the members of the Toronto Maple Leafs shared their thoughts on whether athletes should use social media given the tendency for things to get blown out of proportion.
Shawn Matthias, a former member of the Canadian national team and a rarely active social media user, said there are some benefits but also hefty drawbacks of using Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media.
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"It's good because you can talk to fans and build rapport, but you get in trouble more than anything on that thing nowadays," Matthias told reporters. "If you say anything with the right intentions, it seems like 100 people agree with you, but then there's a few people that think you're saying something you're totally not and make you out that you're saying something wrong."
Other members of the Leafs, including Brad Boyes and Morgan Rielly, said Team Canada's decision to abstain from social media is a good idea and a great way to help players stay focused solely on the games ahead of them.
Not all of the Maple Leafs avoid too much social media use, however, as forward James van Riemsdyk showed his playful side Wednesday when he shared a photo of his sleeping brother, Brendan, after arriving home for the holidays on a red eye.