Jennifer Lawrence, Benedict Cumberbatch and the celebrities who hate social media

We might love a celebrity selfie, but plenty of famous faces want nothing to do with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest

Tweeting, posting, pinning, instagramming, tumblr-ing(?)… It’s not for everyone. 


And while plenty of our favourite celebrity faces use social media to publicise their latest role, promote a cause close to their heart, tell us what they had for lunch or share dubious semi-nude photos of themselves (James Franco, we are looking – very closely – at you) others eschew social media all together. 

Some stars just don’t get the obsession with it all, while others actively despise communicating online… 

Emma Thompson

As anyone who’s ever had dental work can appreciate, Emma Thompson really doesn’t want to join Twitter. “I’d rather have root canal treatment for the rest of my life than join Twitter,” Thompson told Vanity Fair recently, adding: “I can’t bear the thought of being connected all the time. God knows what it’s all doing to us.”

And it seems Thompson’s issue isn’t confined to Twitter alone. Apparently “putting [her] head in the toilet and flushing it repeatedly would be a more cleansing experience” than Googling her own name. 

Benedict Cumberbatch 

Thanks to his army of dedicated fans, the Sherlock star might be one of the most talked about people on Twitter, but he’s not planning on joining anytime soon. Why? Because he thinks he’d struggle with being concise. 

“Just listen to how much I talk. I’ve already talked over our time and tweeting is about being pithy,” the star said at Cheltenham Literature Festival. “I think tweeting would take so many hours of editing I’d be lost for doing my job.” 

Kiera Knightley

Back in 2009 Knightley told the Telegraph just how much she hated social media, saying: “I hate the Internet. I find it dehumanizing to constantly check emails or social sites which have become so fashionable.”

Having said that, she did briefly dabble in the Twittersphere last year, but deleted her account after just 12 hours saying it made her feel like “being in a school playground.” 

Kristen Stewart

Twilight star Stewart has a slightly more serious reason for avoiding social networking. She’s worried that being on Twitter or Facebook will result in her dying. Yep, dying. 

Calling Twitter “scary” the star told TVNZ that: “I’m going to die because somebody is going to say where I am and somebody is going to kill me. Someone’s going to Twitter my location and then it’s going to be like, boom.”

George Clooney 

Hollywood royalty Clooney isn’t about to jump on the tweeting bandwagon either, but more because he’s worried about the effect it would have on his privacy – and his career.

“If you’re famous, I don’t – for the life of me – I don’t understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter. Why on God’s green earth would you be on Twitter?” Clooney said to Esquire magazine. “First of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available… [But also] you’ve had two too many drinks and you’re watching TV and somebody pisses you off, and you go ‘Ehhhh’ and fight back… you wake up int he morning and your career is over.” 

Daniel Radcliffe

For 24-year-old Radcliffe, aka The Boy Who Lived, Twitter spells (geddit) the end of a private life, too. Speaking to Sky News, the Harry Potter star said: “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.” 

Bradley Cooper

Now you’d assume the man who officially owns the Oscar selfie that broke Twitter would be on board with all things viral and social media-esque. But you’d be wrong. The American Hustle star says he is “old fashioned”, adding: “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.” 

Tina Fey

There’s no denying her twitter account would probably be hilarious, but chances are we’re never going to get to see it. “I think you should have to get a license to use Twitter,” Tina Fey said on NBC. “Most people are so f***ing boring that they should shut up. Why do you need to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to another person in front of the whole world? Just email that person. Why do you have to be like, ‘Hey girl, I loved your outfit yesterday”? Just contact that person! You’re wasting the Internets… or something. It’s just so boring.”

Ralph Fiennes 

Fiennes has a more intellectual concern when it comes to social media. The 51-year-old actor is worried that modern language “is being eroded by a world of truncated sentences, soundbites, and Twitter.”

“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,” he said at 2011 BFI Film Festival. 

Daniel Craig

Now we can’t quite imagine 007 updating his Facebook status, and it seems the actor who plays him can’t get his head around the social network either. “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,” he told Seven magazine.

Jennifer Lawrence

That is a Twitter feed we’d REALLY like to see. Just imagine those photobombs. J-Law is unlikely to be joining the ranks of social media anytime soon, though. “Everybody was talking yesterday about Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr. It was really confusing me and overwhelming me. I literally started losing my breath,” the 23-year-old told The Daily Beast

She doesn’t think she’ll be able to catch up with the world of technology, adding: “What’s Pinterest? I don’t have it. I know by the time I get it, it’ll be something else. I bought a CD case less than a year ago.” 

Martin Freeman

His character in Sherlock might be a master blogger, but in real life Freeman’s not keen on social media. His reasons? “I don’t want my mug plastered all over the internet, thank you very much.”

The star goes on to talk about the thousands of Sherlock filming pictures that find their way onto Twitter before the episodes air, telling Radio Times: “I’m not a huge fan of it. I don’t think technological advances like that are exactly progress really.

“There is no deferred anything – no deferred gratification at all for anything, which I think is a shame.” 


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