Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who likely owes her seat in Congress to her sophisticated use of social media, now says she’s giving up Facebook and cutting back on Instagram and Twitter — for her health.
“I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave up on it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” she said.
“There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3, with screen time. But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody. Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism,” AOC said.
“I’ve started to kind of impose little rules on myself,” she said.
“Like every once in a while, you’ll see me hop on Twitter on the weekends, but for the most part, I take consumption of content, when it comes to consumption and reading, I take the weekends off. And so I’m not, like, scrolling through trying to read everything online that journalists are writing on weekends. I try to do that during the workweek.”
The freshman congresswoman also took a swipe at President Trump’s use of social media, claiming that the video he posted on Twitter about Rep. Ilhan Omar was “trying to incite a stereotype of all Muslims being terrorists.”
Ocasio-Cortez still has an account on Facebook, but she now mostly uses Instagram and Twitter to connect with her fervent followers.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post.