Meghan Markle Says She Quit Social Media For Her ‘Own Self-Preservation’ – Meghan Markle participated in Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit. During her appearance, the Duchess of Sussex spoke to the magazine’s associate editor, Emma Hinchliffe, about why she decided to give up her personal social media accounts when she married Prince Harry. While it was long speculated that Meghan was simply following royal protocol by deleting her accounts, it turns out the real answer is much more complex.
“For my own self-preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time,” Meghan explained. “I had a personal account years ago, which I closed down and then we had one through the institution and our office that was in the U.K. that wasn’t managed by us—that was a whole team—and so I think that comes with the territory for the job that you have. I’ve made a personal choice to not have any account, so I don’t know what’s out there, and many ways that’s helpful for me.”
Though Meghan used to be active on a personal Instagram account, she revealed she’s become increasingly concerned with the way social media affects people. “I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it,” she said. “And it is so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction like many others. And there are very few things in this world where you call the person who’s engaging with it a user. But if you look at social media and what it’s doing in the same capacity in which it does creating addiction, what is the comp there? People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users. And there is something algorithmically that is in there that is creating this obsession that I think is very unhealthy for a lot of people.”
Meghan does recognize, however, that social media can be a useful tool for connection, especially when it comes to young entrepreneurs trying to building their own businesses. “I would just say as you are out there building your brand, as you are out there engaging with your friends online, just be conscious of what you’re doing and understand that it is not limited to that one moment, that you are creating an echo chamber for yourself,” Meghan advised. “So the more that you engage with things that are negative—not just for other people that you might not know—but what it’s doing to you as a human being will really have lasting effects. And that there is an alternative to engaging in that kind of stuff so I would just say to be very conscious and responsible. I don’t think people have even started to scratch the surface on what this is doing to us and I wish more for especially the younger generation of women. You have the power to turn this around.”
“Something, algorithmically, is creating this obsession.”— FORTUNE (@FortuneMagazine) October 13, 2020
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex warns against the pitfalls of social media addiction during a conversation at the #FortuneMPW Next Gen Summit. https://t.co/hhyvMGAoyf pic.twitter.com/eKpB0U38AW
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