Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she’s cutting back on social media for benefit of her health ,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose rapid and agenda-setting rise to political prominence was fuelled in a large part by her social media savvy and vast following,
“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 organising tool for a very long time ,
Speaking on the podcast “Skulldudgery”, she added: “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. “I’ve started to kind of impose little rules on myself.”
When the 29-year-old was elected last year to represent New York’s 14th Congressional district, she did so with a
grassroots campaign that was in part driven by her skills on social media .
Since, moving to Washington, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who has 3.9m Twitter followers, has used most social media platforms to rebut critics, and reach out to supporters.
Live streams on Instagram of her putting together furniture or cooking dinner while chatting to people, have become
an art form on their own. “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,” she said.
“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.”