Tom Holland Announces Social Media Break to Protect Mental Health

MCU’s Spiderman, Tom Holland, is taking a step away from social media

Fans and followers of Tom Holland (26), the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” star, have noticed he’s been absent from social media in recent weeks. Turns out, he had deleted both Instagram and Twitter from his devices. He downloaded Instagram on Sunday to announce what was going on in his life in a three-minute video. Tom Holland has 67.7 million followers as of writing.

Holland stated that social media apps have become harmful to his mental state and that he spirals when he reads things about himself online, “I have taken a break from social media for my mental health because I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating and overwhelming.” He mentioned how he had spent probably thirteen or fourteen years acting, and the exposure has certainly affected his mental health for the worse.

Many celebrities and influencers commented on the post, with even Justin Bieber commenting “I love you, man” and a heart emoji. The Brothers Trust, the charity set up by Nikki and Dom Holland, parents to Tom and his three brothers, also shared the video on their Instagram account.

Tom Holland and Zendaya

Tom Holland and Zendaya © Getty Images

Stem4 advertises itself as a teenage mental health charity, and they have four apps: @calmharmapp, @appmovemood, @clearfearapp, and @combmindsapp, which can be downloaded for free. 

The video had several million likes and Holland took the opportunity to promote Stem4, a charity that supports positive mental health in teenagers through its four different apps. He had personally used all of them and noticed improvements in his mental health.

He also mentioned that stigma on mental health had taken a toll on his pursuit of happiness and that while he’s aware that asking for help and seeking help isn’t something we should be ashamed of, it’s still easier said than done.

Holland stated that he’d disappear once more and also thanked his fans for their love and support. The video is nearly a week old, and it’s unclear when Holland will delete his social media accounts again or if he backed out from the idea. There’s a possibility that the Spiderman actor is just waiting for more people to watch the video before making good on his promise.

Other celebrities near his age group have taken similar measures in the past years, including Selena Gómez, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, and more, making their mental and physical health a priority over their careers.