Last Updated: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:27
Bolton striker Kevin Davies believes Twitter is an unnecessary distraction that can play on the mind of young footballers.
Davies, who made his 600th career appearance in Wanderers' 2-2 draw at Blackpool on Saturday, was an active participant on the social media site until May 2011.
The 34-year-old took exception to abusive messages aimed at himself and wife Emma and although he still uses his Twitter page, it is predominantly to retweet information on charitable causes.
Marvin Sordell was the subject of vile slurs on the site after claiming he was racially abused while warming up as a substitute during Bolton's defeat against Millwall last month. An offensive banner about the England Under-21 forward unfurled at the New Den last weekend in the wake of a 13-year-old fan being banned over the Sordell incident stands as the latest fall-out.
On the barbs thrown his team-mate's way, Davies said: "I've heard a few things. I don't really go on Twitter anymore so I can't really comment. If it was me, I would advise not to go on it. I enjoyed my time on it because it gave you the opportunity to have conversations with fans and people and charities - that was fantastic.
"But when it gets to the point where you get abuse and stuff I think it can play on your mind, it can affect you. If you're not sleeping at night wondering what you're going to be waking up to, I don't think you really gain anything out of being on there."
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