140 Characters Isn’t For Everyone: Celebs Who Aren’t About That Social Media Life
Social media is a great way for celebrities to promote their work and interact with fans, but that doesn’t mean that every famous person has jumped on the bandwagon – or jumped on it correctly: Here are 15 celebs you can’t follow, friend or Instagram. And those you can, you might not want to.
Three years ago Prince declared the internet “over” – then deleted his official website, refused to work with iTunes, and banned YouTube from playing his ish. Now, the “Purple Rain” singer has reportedly accepted the internet a little bit more, surprising everyone when he joined Twitter two months ago. But according to Prince, the Twitter page (@3rdeyegirl) is actually for his rock band, not him.
Kristen Stewart does not use social media and has never been too shy to tell us why: “Twitter fu$%s me over every day of my life. Because people go, ‘I’m sitting next to Kristen Stewart right now’ and then the paparazzi show up. I see people on their phones and I just want to take these cookies and throw them. It’s like ‘Get off your phone and get a life!’”
Kanye West throws tantrums at awards shows, during interviews and even on social media sites, causing him to delete his Twitter account numerous times. Right now, however, he’s back in the Twitterverse – but usually only tweets about randomness and things he dislikes.
Unlike most of the stars on this list, Tina Fey’s resistance to social media is not because of privacy concerns or moral hangups – it’s because she’s afraid she’ll get addicted and give away her jokes. Fair enough, we suppose.
Despite playing Facebook President Sean Parker in The Social Network, J-Tim admits that he doesn’t use Facebook at all. “I’m sort of admittedly ridiculously stupid with computers,” he told Jon Stewart in an interview. “I don’t have a lot of time between work. And so much of that time goes to watching SportsCenter.”
Drew Barrymore held nothing back when she declared, “No Facebook for me. I don’t mean to be rude, but if we haven’t talked in 20 years, there’s probably a reason.” Needless to say you probably won’t be receiving any friend requests from this woman.
Soulja Boy’s career has been on struggle mode for years now. But things took a turn for the worst in 2010, when “the haters” and their comments forced him to delete his Twitter account temporarily. He’s now returned to Twitter but his tweets are mostly just bland and random.
In 2010, John Mayer abandoned his 3million+ followers and deleted his Twitter account, reasoning that: “since the invocation of Twitter, nobody who has participated in it has created any lasting art. Those who decide to remain offline will make better work than those online. Why? Because great ideas have to gather. They have to pass the test of withstanding thirteen different moods, four different months and sixty different edits.”
High School Musical star Zac Efron clearly prefers privacy over social media. “I don’t have a Twitter, a Myspace or a Facebook or anything like that. I kind of value people not knowing where I am or what I’m doing.” It’s probably better that he stay off the internet and focus on his recovery anyway.
Although his wife and children are very comfortable – maybe too comfortable? – using sites like Twitter and Instagram, Will Smith has coolly avoided putting himself out there on social media.
Dakota Fanning may be one of the few 19 year olds without a Twitter account, but according to her, it’s for a good reason. “It’s just not for me. I don’t have a Facebook or Twitter and I won’t ever. There’s plenty of impostors out there. There’s enough Dakota Fannings on Twitter for all of us.”
Vanessa Hudgens has only recently started using Twitter. She avoided it for so long because she says “people should be out and about exploring the great outdoors rather than looking at their phones trying to figure out what I’m doing.” Okay…we guess.
In 2010, Brandon Jennings deleted his Twitter account after getting into a feud with who he thought was Lakers player Jordan Farmar. Jennings later found out that the person he was beefing with (@JFarmer1) was a fake user. Fail.
In spite of her popularity, Jennifer Lawrence is one young star who does not use Twitter – at all. During an interview with David Letterman she even went so far as to compare tweeting to court ordered punishment.
Winona Ryder doesn’t just not use social media, she apparently also doesn’t use the internet. In a 2010 interview with Elle magazine she made this shocking statement: “I don’t use the internet, but apparently you can find out everything on it.”