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Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Is it just me, or do other people feel like social media has too big of an influence these days? During the recent General Election campaign, I left a question box open on my Instagram story for over two weeks. For those of you not on Instagram - how I envy you. Don't start. It's a gateway drug. A question box allows any of my 13,000-plus followers to privately ask me a question, which I can then answer, and show both the question and answer to all my followers.

The rules for my Q&A were that it could be anything pertaining to the election or the process of voting. I consistently repeated that I would not be giving any of my own thoughts or opinions - I was trying to stick to facts. I also gave the caveat that when I didn't know the answer, I would reach out to political correspondent Gavan Reilly and communications expert Lorcan Nyhan.

After a few days, I had to look for a week-long extension on a deadline I had for the BBC, because I was getting so many questions and, unsurprisingly, I was crippled by my own lack of boundaries and ability to say no.