In today’s day and age, people are willing to open up their life to the public online via social media. This can be especially troubling for celebrities and athletes, who fans would never get the opportunity to interact with otherwise.
Sure, there are some fans that appreciate being able to interact with their favorite stars, but there are others who use the platform to criticize and say negative and offensive things that they wouldn’t have the courage to say in a face-to-face meeting.
Because of the negative side of things, some athletes shy away from Twitter especially during big events, and that is exactly what United States figure skater Ashley Wagner will be doing throughout her Olympic run.
Wagner says that she has “officially decided to give up social media” throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“Twitter is a blessing and a curse at the same time,” Wagner said, according to People. “It’s tough to filter out the good things that you hear and the awful things that people will write, so I’m going cold turkey.”
According to Olympic Talk, Wagner is the most followed 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skater on Twitter. She has more than 25,000 followers, so those followers will need to wait quite some time before hearing from her again. It appears that her hiatus from social media began on Sunday.