Tom Holland has announced that he will be avoiding all social media platforms. He justifies the break by citing mental health concerns. The past several weeks have seen Holland, who portrays Spider-Man in all current superhero films, disappear from his social media accounts. He now claims in a post on Instagram that he is uninstalling applications, including Instagram, and taking a sabbatical from social media in order to focus on his mental health.
In a video clip, the 26-year-old actor expressed his concerns to his fans, saying, “Hi guys, so I’ve been trying to make this to an hour now, and for someone that has spent the last 13, 14 years, however long I’ve been acting, I cannot seem to say what I need to say without ‘umming’ and ‘arring’ every five minutes. So I’m going to try again. I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming. I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online and ultimately it’s very detrimental to my mental state.”
Holland also discussed other useful apps, such as the charity Steam4 for teen mental health, which he personally supports through his The Brothers Trust foundation. He discussed the charity’s efforts to enhance the mental health of social media users as well as how hard it is these days to keep one’s ideas organised.
He ends by appreciating all of his supporters’ love and encouragement. He said, “So again thank you for listening. I’m going to disappear from Instagram again.” The timing of Holland’s statement is intriguing, even though there has been a lot of studies in recent years about how social media use affects people’s mental health.