The anonymous nature of social media means we are often unaware of the impact of our posts and interactions on the emotional wellbeing of others, says Samantha Peters.

I recently returned to Twitter after a long break. The atmosphere felt grimmer. The interaction angrier. Previously active colleagues were missing.

I asked them why. ‘Twitter’s not real life’ was a common response. ‘It’s a cesspit’ was another. Of those who had left, most were female. Figures appear to bear this out. Twitter users are around 70 per cent male, according to Hootsuite.

In my conversations with those who had quit the platform, e-health came up time and time again.

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