The Washington PostThe Washington Post

They left social media for good. Are they happier?

By Tatum Hunter

11 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Most of us have pondered ditching social media at one point or another. The Post dives into the lives of those who have "unplugged" from the digital realm and looks at how it has impacted them.

By the time Jesse Waits noticed his relationship with social media had grown into something he didn’t like, he already had the vocabulary to say so.

His experience recovering from a marijuana addiction had taught him to take stock of his behaviors and get rid of ones that weren’t serving him, said the 39-year-old, who works at a tech repair counter in Cincinnati.

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content