Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, on Wednesday said that she has not been on social media for a very long time ‘for her own self-preservation’. Meghan was speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, which kicked off Tuesday. “For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time. I made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and in many ways that’s helpful for me,” Fortune quoted her as saying.
Over the years, the actor turned duchess turned activist has been trolled widely across the internet. She has often spoken out about the repercussion of toxic digital behavior.
Meghan, along with her husband Prince Harry, founded the Archewell Foundation that focuses on addressing and mitigating the ugly side of social media.
She also talked about the negative impact that social media has on many users. “I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it [social media]. People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users. There is something in there, algorithmically, that is creating this obsession,” said Meghan.
“As you’re out there building your brand, as you are out there engaging with friends online, just be conscious of what you’re doing. Understand that it is not limited to that one moment—that you are creating an echo chamber for yourself,” Meghan advised.
Earlier, on World Mental Health Day, Meghan acknowledged that 2019 was a difficult year for her.
“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world-male or female. Now eight months of that I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby but what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable. That’s so big you can’t even think about what that feels like because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25 if people are saying things about you that aren’t true what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging,” she said.