Will Poulter is saying sayonara to social media in the new year.
On Wednesday, the British actor, who recently appeared in Netflix’s “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” announced he would be taking a break from Twitter to focus on his emotional wellbeing.
“In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter,” Poulter, 25, began.
“Before I do, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched ‘Bandersnatch’ and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created. I accept all criticisms and it’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce!” he continued.
As Netflix’s first interactive film for adults, “Bandersnatch” allowed viewers to build their own story after answering a series of questions throughout the film. And while the streaming giant was applauded for its innovation, the feature’s story was met with mixed reviews and currently holds a 74 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Poulter, who portrayed video game creator Colin Ritman in the flick, later addressed the pros and cons of online interaction.
“As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It’s a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media,” Poulter shared.
“I don’t want to appear unappreciative of all the amazing support I have received online for which I am genuinely so grateful, nor do I want my disengagement with social media to be at the expense of any of the organizations I am lucky to work with,” he added.
Before signing off, Poulter noted that he hopes the “shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone.”
“This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path,” Poulter penned.
Following Poulter’s post, the actor was met with a number of responses, including a message from “Star Wars” actor John Boyega, who replied, “Best thing you can do mate. Well done.”
Poulter and Boyega co-starred in 2017’s “Detroit.”