"I debated over it for a long time"
Warina Hussain has revealed that she quit social media for the sake of her “sanity”, among other reasons.
The Loveyatri actress took to Instagram to make the announcement, referencing Aamir Khan who quit social media on March 15, 2021.
She wrote: “Peace out. I remember reading somewhere that you don’t have to announce your departure because this isn’t an airport.
“But I’ll do so for my friends and fans, whose love has always been my strength.
“This is my last social media post but my team will continue to manage my account so you can stay up to date on my work. Lots of love – Alien.”
Warina has now explained her reason for doing so.
She told Times of India:
“So, my logic is that how long can I just go on being it and keep putting something or the other, which I am not doing willingly and lovingly?
“Who am I pleasing and why?
“My friends are all active on social media and they told me that I should not take this step but I debated over it for a long time and felt that I should listen to my head and heart.”
Warina revealed that she made up her mind on April 22, 2021, when she put out a thoughtful post and noticed that hardly anyone was interested.
On the other hand, there was more interest whenever she posted a selfie.
Warina Hussain also revealed that she deleted WhatsApp, citing fakeness. She continued:
“That will give you an idea of how much I detest fakeness.
“If people really want to get in touch with you or know how you are, why do they message you on WhatsApp?
“Why can’t they call and have a sensitive conversation and ask about your health and near and dear ones?
“Isn’t it a very fluffy or just-for-the-heck-of-it way to touch base?
“In fact, I also wonder how people make personal and professional conversations both on WhatsApp, on one window you’re fighting with a friend but on the other, you’re seriously talking about your work. Doubtful!”
She believes that mobile phones have made social media more toxic.
“Everyone is just writing randomly and indiscriminately from anywhere and everywhere on social media.
“Frankly, I haven’t received nasty comments, except just once or twice.
“But the place in general has become too toxic. I had to say goodbye to it for my sanity.”
Warina recalled that during New Years celebrations in 2019, she and her friends decided to stay away from their phones, but her friends failed.
She elaborated: “We were out and decided that we shall keep our phones away for four days. I did it, but all my friends somehow failed to do so.
“You don’t enjoy it when friends or relatives around you are all busy immersed in their phones.
“You are talking to them and they are also talking to you, but they aren’t looking at you.
“Imagine the kind of attention that is being given and the attention span that is being generated.
“Add this to the fact that when you go out to any place and instead of enjoying the surroundings, you start only clicking pictures. And why do you click them? Just to put them out on Instagram.
“I somehow also feel that in our world or profession, we get pictures clicked to make a statement of scoring brownie points over each other; else again, why would we put them out in public?”
While her Instagram account remains active, Warina Hussain stated that she will not use it, but her team are free to manage it.
Warina’s made her Bollywood debut in Loveyatri. Her next film is Poster, where filming will take place abroad when the Covid-19 situation settles down.