Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari is instantly recognizable from his many television and movie appearances, but you won't see him on social media any time soon. That's because he's quit email and social media, and what he said about it will make you want to do the same.
He explained his new life without the internet in an interview with GQ Style.
"Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there's a new thing, it's not even about the content," the comedian said. "It's just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You're not going to be able to control yourself."
"So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things. What happens is, eventually you forget about it," he explained. "You don't care anymore."
"I was reading all this Trump stuff," he continued, "and it doesn't feel like we're reading news for the reason we used to, which was to get a better sense of what's going on in the world and to enrich yourself by being aware. It seems like we're reading wrestling rumors.
"It's like reading about what happened on Monday Night Raw. When you take a step back, it all just seems so sensationalized," Ansari added. "Trump's gonna get impeached! No, he's not. None of that sh-t's happening. But you are going to read all the articles. So if you take yourself out of it, you're not infected with this toxicity all the time."
"Also, guess what? Everything is fine!" he concluded. "I'm not out of the loop on anything. Like, if something real is going down, I'll find out about it."
Many people are sharing the insight that Ansari provided on social media, ironically, and some are being encouraged to shut down their own internet addictions.