Why Chrissy Teigen Quit Twitter
Chrissy Teigen is a model, cookbook author, and social media genius. She’s amassed a mind-blowing 13.7 million followers on Twitter, where she has done everything from tell jokes to share her most personal struggles.
Earlier tonight, she announced that after 10 years on the platform, it was time for her to leave:
In her goodbye tweets, Teigen thanks her followers but says that Twitter “no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that’s the right time to call something.”
She lamented that it’s too painful for her when she doesn’t make others happy. This “desire to be liked and fear of pissing people off has made [her] somebody you didn’t sign up for, and a different human than [she] started out here as!”
Although she doesn’t explicitly say whether she’s leaving for good, that’s certainly the implication. She doesn’t refer to this decision as taking a break, which she has done in the past. It sounds like this is really goodbye forever.
Although it’s sad to see Teigen leave, it certainly makes sense and I’m sure that all of her fans wish her the best. Her mental health and enjoyment of the platform are what matter most.
Her decision to leave is also not particularly surprising. Teigen has undeniably had a rough year, and social media has been adding to her pressure. Last year, Teigen had a very public pregnancy loss. Although she was able to use her platform on Twitter to connect with other women with similar experiences, it surely couldn’t have been comfortable to go through this while in the public eye.
More recently, Teigen quit drinking. Again, she was open about this aspect of her life on Twitter. Although disclosing her sobriety absolutely inspired many people around the globe, it also likely increased the pressure on her during a difficult transition.
Ultimately though, her biggest problem with the platform seems to be negativity from other users. The unfortunate truth of the internet is that even in a sea of nice people, there will always be hateful jerks. Shrugging off the mean comments isn’t as easy as it looks.
Teigen told fans that the one thing she hasn’t learned “is how to block negativity.” She reminded them that “words matter.”
Although the bulk of her interactions on social media over the past decade have been positive, she has certainly received more than her fair share of hatred, spite, and negativity. She’s even become the target of vicious conspiracy theories.
After ten years, Teigen has decided that enough is enough. Can anyone blame her?
On a personal note, I’ve always loved following Teigen on Twitter. In fact, she’s the main reason I joined in the first place. I’m absolutely sad to see her go, but I fully understand her decision.
Even with my tiny readership on Medium, I still get hate comments from time to time. I’ve gotten better at ignoring them, but sometimes they’ll stick with me all day. I can’t imagine the toll that Teigen has taken by dealing with hurtful comments every minute of every day for ten years.
I hope that she continues to work on excellent projects off of Twitter, and I also hope that her decision serves as a reminder to all of us to be nice to one another. It’s important to remember that there’s always a real person on the other end.
Goodbye Chrissy Teigen! Twitter won’t be the same without you.
If you’re interested in reading more about Teigen’s choice to get sober, check out my article from last month: