VH1 has reported on March 6 that Miley Cyrus has quit Twitter and is taking a social media break. The 20-year-old is the latest celebrity to claim that she is leaving this social media network amid rumors. Miley posted a scathing tweet that mentioned, “Taking a break from social media.” She stated that she was “sick of the lies” and that she did not call off her wedding.
For someone who declared that she was taking a social media break, Miley Cyrus has remained oddly active on Twitter. After her initial post announcing her intentions to leave, she tweeted several times and noted that she was “not discussing anything but my music from now on.” Did Cyrus simply issue an empty threat about quitting, or she is just readjusting her social media strategies? In either case, it is clear that Miley is growing tired of Twitter.
Miley Cyrus is not the first celebrity to indicate that she is taking a social media break. Megan Fox quit Twitter after 5 days and mentioned that she was not a social networking butterfly. Adele quit Twitter last year after her son began to receive death threats. Even Amanda Bynes deleted her Twitter account amid claims that she was also not going to act again.
Despite the frequent reports that celebrities are leaving social media sites, the networks are not being deeply affected by this change. Sometimes they simply move on to other networks or reactive their accounts after a break. For example, a report from March 6 highlights that Bollywood celebrities are quitting Twitter, but Zorpia reports that many of them are simply moving to another network. Twitter still has more than 400 million users, and Facebook claims it has more than a billion. Other networks are also reporting increasing numbers. Orkut has 33 million users with growing interest in Brazil while Zorpia has reached 26 million users after the launch of a successful mobile app. Social media networks are not being hurt by celebrities taking breaks.