Black Mirror Star Explains Decision To Quit Social Media

“I didn’t benefit from reading them and responding to them.”


In the wake of Black Mirror‘s groundbreaking Bandersnatch episode, Will Poulter who played gaming guru Colin Ritman announced on Twitter that he would be taking a break from social media.

At the time, Poulter explained that he felt the need to change his relationship with social media.

“In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter,” Poulter wrote.

“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! 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 that 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 has spoken expanded on his decision in an interview with RadioTimes.com, saying that it wasn’t just in response to the feedback surrounding Bandersnatch – which the actor says he hasn’t received such support for after a show.

“I’ve never experienced such a positive reaction to anything I’ve been a part of,” he explained. “From a creative perspective, all the conversations that I’ve been privy to on social media have been really, really positive.”

“There were some unrelated conversations that happened to be happening on social media – unrelated to the project – that were kind of negative and unnecessary.

“I didn’t benefit from reading them and responding to them.”

Calling for a more positive online community, he added: “I would like to think no-one really benefits from putting that into the ether, the kind of negativity that I witnessed. So I just thought the best thing to do was take a step back.”


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