This Is Probably Why Ed Sheeran Is Quitting Social Media

Dec 15, 2015 01:30 PM EST | By Maria Leonila Masculino


Ed Sheeran is taking a break from technology and the social media is wondering why.

Yahoo Health reports the Thinking Out Loud singer informed his 5.5 million Instagram followers about his social media hiatus on Sunday.

"Hello all. I'm taking a break from my phone, emails, and all social media for a while, I've had such an amazing ride over the last 5 years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes," he wrote. "So I'm taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed."

The 24-year-old musician also left a few notes for the people who will miss him online.

"To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit," he continued. "To my fans, the 3rd album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing."

Sheeran also tweeted his "buggering off" message to his 16.1 million Twitter followers just to make sure everybody gets it.

While everybody's thinking Sheeran might be undergoing some sort of depression, licensed therapist Nicole Amesbury, the Head of Clinical Development at Talkspace, explained the downside of social media among celebrities.

"For some celebrities, participating in social media has an isolating effect. Even though they may be interacting with millions of fans, they can feel incredibly detached and lonely," explains Amesbury, who offers social media dependency therapy. "It may feel like your image is a product to be bought and sold, which can be very dehumanizing."

According to a study commissioned by Anxiety UK, social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter could trigger anxiety, insecurity and feeling of inadequacy among users.

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