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Pull the Plug

— by on August 1st, 2016

The eight-year relationship between Kelly Evans, a 2007 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and Twitter is over. She also dumped Facebook and Instagram.

How is it possible for the co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell” to be unplugged? As Kelly noted, “The risk for any of us in the news business is missing breaking news — which, these days, typically breaks on social media.”

She explains her decision on the CNBC website: “I shut down social media because I needed to shut out online distractions and engage with the people, issues and work right in front of me.”

Instead of social media, Kelly got her news the old-fashioned way. “I started reading the newspaper first thing daily instead of following the news all day on social media — and I’ve never felt better informed.

“But what I have turned ‘off’— hopefully for good — is the need to keep up with the Instagram Joneses. Am I ‘missing out’ on stuff now as a result? Sure! And I can’t wait to hear all about it when I catch up with everybody directly.”

Kelly still has a LinkedIn account, but only because she’s forgotten her login and password.