We’ve all been there. Sometimes social media feels like too much. From the negative comments to all that “me-me-me” attention seeking, it’s easy to fall into a rut, (not to mention the tendency to compare ourselves to everyone else out there). And, as it turns out, celebs are often in the same boat.
When you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense many stars would choose to refrain altogether. After all, they already spend a good portion of their lives in the limelight and this is one space where they can choose to maintain their privacy.
Ready to see which celebs refuse to take part in all the chatter? Just don’t be surprised if it leaves you wanting to pull the plug, too.
Written by Olivia O’Bryon for Livingly.
Cumberbatch jokes about his own insecurities as his reason for not using social media.
He told an audience of Sherlock Holmes fans at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, “I think the reason why… I don’t tweet… if I did you’d very soon be disappointed because it really is a skill — it’s a skill I genuinely don’t have… Just listen to how much I talk. I’ve already talked over our time and tweeting is about being pithy.”
Fey definitely knows her worth. When asked by Tituss Burgess why she’s not on social media, she responded, “Why would I give my jokes away for free?”
In an effort to regain his self-control, Hammer deleted his account. At TheWrap‘s Screening Series, he said, “I just have no impulse control… So if somebody says something stupid, I couldn’t help but say something back, and then it just exploded. This is a toxic environment, and my life is way better off. It’s so funny — people are so addicted and into Twitter, it seems crazy that someone could walk away from it! They’re like, wait, he deleted it? It was actually really easy.”
Blunt told Vulture, “It’s true. I’m like a dinosaur with that stuff, No. 1. But it’s also not really an organic sort of fit for me. I can barely remember to text people back! I also feel that my job is to persuade people that I’m somebody else, so if I reveal too much, then I’m doing my job a disservice, in a way.”
Gyllenhaal expressed concern to USA Today about our technology usage as a society. He said, “I wonder what that would be like, actually. To me, this is a product of us all having smartphones and being consumed by that — we’re looking down. No one is looking up. I take that seriously, even in the midst of being funny. I think it’s saying something really important and a little scary.”
Lawrence told BBC Radio 1, “I will never get Twitter. I’m not very good on [a] phone or technology… I cannot really keep up with emails, so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me.”
Despite a brief (and puzzling) foray on a Chinese social media site, Pitt has been silent on the subject. Not surprisingly, Jolie spoke on their behalf regarding their lack of social media presence prior to their divorce.
Jolie considers herself “old school” when it comes to technology and has her team manage her Twitter account. She told People, “It’s so beyond what we understand… We wouldn’t even know what to look for.” And in response to not having it as a kid herself she added, “I got in enough trouble… It just would have been very documented.”
Clooney knows his own limitations. He told Variety, “Just because, I like to have a drink at night… I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available. I don’t see Matt [Damon] or Brad [Pitt] or myself wanting to get our thoughts out in a 140-character-thing at three in the morning.”
Johansson shared with Interview, “I don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter account… I can’t think of anything I’d rather do less than have to continuously share details of my everyday life.”
Stewart has her head in the right place. While promoting “Personal Shopper,” she said, “I know I sound ridiculous and really obvious; everyone says this, and I sound like an older person, but we could be doing way cooler sh*t. It’s so time consuming.”
Radcliffe told Sky News, “There will be a time in my life, like when I have kids or whatever, when I want, when I need to make a case for my privacy and I think it’s much harder to do that if you’ve been using your public image to trade off for a while… Also, frankly, I would get in fights… If I was on Twitter and I saw something pop up about me, or for instance, there was a guy who was one of the first guys to write about ‘Swiss Army Man’ on Twitter and he was just slamming it… If I had been on Twitter I would have got into a serious confrontation with that guy. That’s not a good idea, nobody ever wins when you are fighting on Twitter.”
Bullock has a surprisingly down-to-earth perspective on social media. She told U.K.’s The Times, “We’re not representing our lives truthfully… Like when you’re yelling at your child, you’re not taking a selfie of you being a horrible parent. No, you’re waiting for the perfect selfie. ‘Do I look thinner now?’ ‘Do I look great?’ It’s this false projection of one’s life. Hollywood has now gone global. Everyone’s Hollywood now.”
Stone keeps it real about why social media can feel fake. She told EPIX’s Hollywood Sessions, “It’s that need to be liked, that need to be seen, that need to be validated, in a way, through no one that you know… And so people ask the question about fame, or what it feels like, and it seems like everybody knows what that feels like. It seems like everyone’s cultivating their lives on Instagram or on different forms of social media, and what pictures looks best of their day.”
In response to having her Twitter account hacked after just one tweet, Stone decided to stay off social media altogether. Nonetheless, she does joke about possibly having a top secret account…
Winslet is a vocal critic of the effects of social media on young people. She told The Times, “It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem, because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them… And what comes along with that? Eating disorders. And that makes my blood boil. And is the reason we don’t have any social media in our house.”
Kunis keeps a sense of humor about it. She explained to Craig Ferguson, “I just don’t think people need to know when I’m going to the restroom… What am I gonna tweet? Like, ‘Hey now I’m moving from room to room.’ I don’t really know what I would tweet.”
Cooper shared on OK! TV, “It’s a taste thing, I see the benefit of it [social networking] for sure… For me, maybe I’m old fashioned, if I know so much about you and you’re playing a character in a movie then that’s a lot of work I’m gonna have to do to forget who you are so that I can believe the character and therefore enjoy the movie.”
Roberts told InStyle about her decision to not use social media, “It’s about allowing time to just exist… Conversations require a complete disregard for the clock — so that you can just listen and really be present. It becomes a paradox of efficiency and presence. That’s why I love the summer. I just don’t care what time it is.”
BBC America quoted Craig, “I am bloody not [on Facebook]. And I’m not on Twitter either… ‘Woke up this morning, had an egg’? What relevance is that to anyone? Social networking? Just call each other up and go to the pub and have a drink.”
Aniston also worries about the effects of social media on children. She told People, “Kids aren’t speaking to each other anymore… I was with friends of ours from Vermont and their two kids don’t have an iPhone or an iPad. They were 9 and 12 and were the most interesting young adults. Seeing other kids on their [phones] all the time, it makes me sad.”
Knightly acknowledges how awkward social media can feel. She shared with Harper’s Bazaar UK, “It made me feel a little bit like being in a school playground and not being popular and standing on the sidelines kind of going, ‘Argh.’’
Fiennes blames social media for dumbing down society. At the BFI London Film Festival awards, he said, “Our expressiveness and our ease with some words is being diluted so that the sentence with more than one clause is a problem for us, and the word of more than two syllables is a problem for us… I hear it, too, from people at drama schools, who say the younger intake find the density of a Shakespeare text a challenge in a way that, perhaps, (students) a few generations ago maybe wouldn’t have.”
McAdams has stayed true to her 2009 decree to avoid social media. She shared with People, “I listen to the news on the radio. I don’t have a television and I am really bad at e-mail…”
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
These two don’t have social media accounts. Go ahead, try to find them. They told Net-a-Porter, “We don’t dive into that whole world [of social media] and we don’t have Facebook, we’ve never been connected to our fans in that way… We’ve stayed quite sheltered in that sense.”
In response to why she’s not on Twitter or Instagram, Garner told People, “I don’t want any more guilt coming from my phone or computer… There is nothing I would put out that people would want to see. It’s probably best to stay away. They don’t want to see me and my mom friends after kindergarten drop-off.” Although we think she might be wrong on that last part…
She told Paper Magazine, “I’m not a real social-media person. I’m not on Twitter… I try not to read too much online because I always get my feelings hurt, even if someone’s flattering you. Like somebody tweeting, ‘Call me crazy, but I think Amy Poehler’s attractive.’ And you’re like, ‘OK? Thank you?’ Or like someone writing, ‘I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I’d have sex with Amy Poehler.'”
Once she became engaged to Prince Harry, Markle deactivated all of her public accounts, including her lifestyle blog, The Tig. Apparently becoming a royal means upholding different social expectations, and those expectations don’t involve Facebook or Instagram.