It’s fun to follow our favorite celebrities on social media, but we can’t help but wonder if the stresses of these apps are even worse when you’re a public figure, leaving many to opt out all together.
We know by now that social media can be incredibly damaging to our mental and physical health and our relationships, and it seems that celebs aren't immune to these problems. Here are some of our favorite celebrities who don’t use social media and why.
1. Emily Blunt
Much to our dismay, The Quiet Place actress isn’t on social media, but her reasons behind it makes us love her even more. The first is because she’s bad with technology (honestly, relatable), and the second is because she thinks it takes away some of the mystery and charm of being an actress.
In a 2015 interview with Vulture, she said, "I'm like a dinosaur with that stuff. 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."
2. George Clooney
Who doesn’t love George Clooney? While we’d love a house tour of his Lake Como mansion on Instagram, his reason behind not being on social media is understandable due to his high profile and the current state of cancel culture. In an interview with Variety, he said, "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."
He has a point – some things are meant to be private. It’s fun to follow our favorite celebrities on social media, but we definitely don’t need to learn everything about them.
3. Kiera Knightley
In an interview with The Observer, Kiera said, "I had a [Twitter] account for about five seconds. I watched it accumulate, like, 100 followers in 3 seconds, and I got so freaked out that I turned it off straight away. And then Facebook. I was on for a day 10 years ago, and never posted anything on it, but it still emails me all the time as if I am a member or whatever."
Social media (especially Twitter) can be both toxic and overwhelming, and we can’t begin to imagine how much worse it is for a celebrity.
4. Scarlett Johansson
Though we’d love to see ScarJo share pictures of her and husband Colin Jost (one of the most underrated celebrity couples), we get that she’s a private person. She’s been uber-famous since her teens, so it only makes sense that she’d want some sense of privacy in her life.
In an interview with Marie Claire, she said, "All of it drives me crazy. I don't understand this need to 'share.' We almost exploit ourselves to feel seen."
5. Daniel Radcliffe
Like many on this list, Daniel Radcliffe has been famous since he was a child (Harry Potter, anyone?), and that plays into why he’s not on social media. He told Sky News, "I don't have Twitter and I don't have Facebook, and I think that makes things a lot easier because if you go on Twitter and tell everybody what you're doing moment to moment and then claim you want a private life, then no one is going to take that request seriously.”
He also believes that the negative comments would bother him or that he’d retaliate to mean comments, and we can’t help but admire his level of self-awareness.
6. Emma Stone
Even though she’s one of the best actresses of her generation, you won’t be seeing Emma Stone on Instagram any time soon. Her reason why is because she fears the pressure that comes with it. She told Elle, "I think it wouldn't be a positive thing for me. If people can handle that sort of output and input in the social media sphere, power to them."
Kudos to Emma Stone for putting her mental health first.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
Like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most relatable and talented Millennial actresses in Hollywood. However, her one non-Millennial trait seems to be her lack of presence on social media. When asked about it, she told E News, "I will never get Twitter. I'm not very good on phone or technology. I cannot really keep up with emails so the idea of Twitter is so unthinkable to me."
She continued, "I don't really understand what it is. It's like this weird enigma that people talk about." While we respect her decision, we can’t help but feel like her commentary on reality shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Kardashians would be hilarious on social media.
8. Sandra Bullock
Another beloved A-list celebrity (a theme we definitely noticed while putting this list together) without any social media presence is Sandra Bullock. Her reason behind not using it is simple – she just doesn’t feel like it.
In an interview with InStyle, she said, "I'm not ignorant of what's happening out there. I look over people's shoulders, going, 'What is that little vignette of a cat on a fan?' I'm just lazy. But I'm going to get on it and troll my friends. Once my kids are using it, I'll know how to navigate it. I don't want to be naïve."
9. Mila Kunis
Like many of us, Mila Kunis has watched social media evolve from a fun way to keep up with others to a toxic environment. Though she doesn’t get the appeal of social media, she’s learned from her husband, Ashton Kutcher, that social media isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.
She told Cosmopolitan, “I was so late to that train. I remember at some point my roommate was like, 'You know, there’s a thing called Facebook,' and I was like, 'What is this Facebook? Who’s gonna poke each other? That’s just weird.' And then Ashton and I reconnected and started talking. He used to be incredibly forward-thinking with social media, when the intent was to connect to people. But it took an ugly turn and became all about who can be the loudest, who can be the angriest and the most negative. Then it’s just not a fun game to play.”
10. Saoirse Ronan
Little Women and Lady Bird actress Saoirse Ronan isn’t on social media because she thinks it distracts fans from who she is as an actress (which is working for her because she’s so talented). She told The Wrap, "Acting is a different thing, 'cause you're not yourself when you're working. I'm not me in anything that anyone sees me in. So for me then to get on Twitter and go, 'Oh, I've had a terrible day' or 'God, I've got such a headache,' I just don't think people need to see that. And self-promotion has always made me feel really uncomfortable."
11 & 12. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
Famous since they were babies for their shared role as Michelle Tanner in Full House, nobody has grown up in the spotlight quite like the Olsen twins have. Both sisters left Hollywood in the 2000s and have since started careers in fashion but maintain a low public profile.
Mary Kate said that "they were raised to be discreet," hinting that the two prefer to continue their fashion careers away from cameras.
From A-list superstars like George Clooney to some of our childhood favorites like the Olsen twins, some celebrities prefer to avoid social media. While we can’t help but wonder what their social media feed would look like, we totally understand and respect the reasons why they decided to opt out.
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