Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Cutting Back On Social Media, Says It’s A Public Health Risk

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks with reporters after participating in a town hall with Kerri Evelyn Harris, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Known for her social media savvy which helped her rise to prominence in the first place, popular U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is cutting back her screen time because she says it’s a public health risk.

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, says she spoke of the matter on one of Yahoo News’ recent Skulldudgery podcasts, according to the New York Post.

“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,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

To avoid falling victim to these and other negative effects of lengthy social media use, the freshman congresswoman from New York has implemented certain rules for herself. They include giving up Facebook and restricting the time she reads and consumes content from Instagram and Twitter to the work week.

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Ocasio-Cortez said her weekends would be devoted to other things, though she may upload content from time to time.

“Social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” she said.

Recent studies show her actions aren’t motivated by mere anecdotal evidence. Researchers have found a correlation between social media use and psychological dependence, low self-esteem, unhealthy comparisons, and other problems, according to MarketWatch.

This, compounded with other issues such as privacy invasion, has led to a loss of more than 15 million users on Facebook over the last two years, MarketWatch said in a separate article.

About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at