Washington (CNN)Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose prolific use of social media helped her amass a national profile, said she's conscious of social media's negative effects and even quit one of the biggest platforms of all.
Social media titan Ocasio-Cortez warns about 'public health risk' from online platforms
"I personally gave up Facebook," the New York Democrat said on Yahoo News' "Skullduggery" podcast released Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez said she started her campaign on Facebook and that for a long time it was her "primary digital organizing tool."
She said in the interview that her team still has accounts on Facebook. Ocasio-Cortez's public Facebook pages include her official congressional account and a political account created two years ago that has spent more than $370,000 on ads over the past year, according to Facebook.
Ocasio-Cortez shot to national prominence last year after unseating New York Rep. Joe Crowley, then a top Democrat in the House. She quickly absorbed a massive following on social media platforms, and just days after being sworn into Congress, she led a discussion on Twitter and other social media with her fellow Democrats.
But Ocasio-Cortez said she believed both as someone with a large following and an individual user, she felt social media could have a negative personal impact on herself.
"I actually think that social media poses a public health risk to everybody," Ocasio-Cortez said. She added, "There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3, with screen time, but I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody: increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism."
Ocasio-Cortez said while she had started to "impose little rules" about her social media use -- like curtailing her consumption of content on weekends -- she still writes her own Twitter and Instagram posts, both platforms where her followers exceed 3 million people.