A recurring theme of Spider-Man stories is one in which poor Peter Parker is ready to throw in the towel on webslinging, since it’s just too much of a toll on his emotional wellbeing. Of course, these retirements are always short-lived, since some evildoer needs to get webbed up or Mary Jane is falling off another skyscraper. Nobody else can do what Spidey can do, so he keeps coming back for more.
And our real life Spider-Man? Or, at least, one of them? Well, Tom Holland is throwing in the towel too — on social media. And just like his superhero alter ego, he’s doing it to focus on his own wellbeing for a while.
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“I have taken a break from social media for my mental health because I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming,” he told his 67.7 million followers on his latest and, for now, final Instagram post. “I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online and ultimately it’s very detrimental to my mental state. So, I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”
Holland used his short return to posting life to plug Stem4, a UK-based mental health organization for teenagers.
Spider-Man always returned to the suit eventually, since somebody has to look out for New Yorkers while the Avengers are dealing with Thanos and Moon Knight is dealing with …whoever Moon Knight deals with. But unlike Spidey, Holland can safely leave his social media platform behind, comforted by the knowledge that we will all keep posting on our own accounts in his absence, picking up the slack on his behalf.
Of course, a moment’s reflection might lead us to consider our own relationship with social media and the detrimental effect it’s having on our mental health. But what good is mental health if you can’t spend it on posting online? After all, you know what comes with great power…