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

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

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.