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Election has some social media users signing off

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MADISON, Wis. -

The upside of social media is clearly that we all get a voice. The downside after this election is that some say they're just done listening. Justin Williams logged on to Facebook for the last time on Election Day.

"Oh, it was that night, yeah, because I was seeing the negativity and a lot of fear and I said I need to get away from this," Williams said.

His Facebook account is now deactivated. He says he's used the time to focus on himself and his work.

"Just to get away from that sadness, to regroup, to regather myself," Williams said.

We asked you whether you or someone you know had stepped away from social. John said he hadn't looked at Facebook in a week. Michael deactivated his account. Pete told us he stayed off until after the election and was trying to reconnect with friends. Arika said she liked the block feature. They're all feelings that UW Health Psychologist Shilagh Mirgain says she's hearing a lot right now.

"When we tune in it leaves us maybe stressed, maybe fearful, maybe upset, maybe angry, on both sides of the political spectrum," Mirgain said.

So instead, she says maybe the best course of action is to switch off social sites-- just stop scrolling.

"Just simply instead of checking social media, take a few deep breaths, or maybe take a walk in nature or read an inspiring book or spend time with loved ones," Mirgain suggested. "By that disconnection coming back to ourselves and what we stand for, who do we want to be in that moment, how do we want to make a difference? Out of that place, then great positive change happens."

Williams says he'll be back... hopefully with a positive update.

"I feel like in the coming weeks and months we're going to still focus on what we've been focusing on whether you're conservative or liberal and we're going to try to work on the things we can work on," Williams said.

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