Jennifer Lawrence attends the photo-call of the movie 'Mother!' during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. Credit: Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock
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11 celebrities who don’t use social media, and their reasons why

Jake Gyllenhaal, star of Nightcrawler, told USA Today he doesn’t want to live in the spotlight off-screen.

That’s an eloquent way of saying he wants nothing to do with social media and he is not the only celebrity feeling that way.

The way famous people are attacked, ridiculed and criticized for the smallest imagined transgression or near wardrobe failure, is it any wonder that many of them eschew the digital party?

Let’s look at some celebrities and the reasons they give for not wanting a Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account.

11) George Clooney

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Marie Claire reports that the 54-year-old actor told Variety in an interview: “God forbid, you take a sleeping pill and wake up and the sentences don’t even make sense. What a horrible idea… I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available.”

He has a point. There have been cases of people who tweeted something in the evening while relaxing with a drink and were fired by the next morning. The digital public broadcaster called Twitter is most unforgiving.


10) Kristen Stewart

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American actress and model Kristen Stewart is known for despising the public lime light. She is not on social media. In a Q & A session promoting her new film, Personal Shopper, the actress told Bazaar why she doesn’t share her personal life online.

“We stalk each other, I stalk people, I get stalked, we all get stalked,” she said adding that there’s a “massive disconnection” between what’s real and what we see on the web.

9) Scarlett Johansson

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The Avengers actor has said that she has no interest in sharing the details of her everyday life with fans. She doesn’t have a Facebook or a Twitter account, and says she doesn’t know how she feels about sharing what she’s just had for dinner on social media, calling this kind of sharing ‘a very strange phenomenon’.

8) Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence attends the photo-call of the movie ‘Mother!’ during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. Credit: Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock

The Hunger Games star doesn’t have a Twitter account, nor does she have an Instagram account.

She 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.”

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And she gives fans ample warning: “If you ever see a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that says it’s me, it most certainly is not,’ she told BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw. “I had that one locked and loaded. Because the internet has scorned me so much.”

7) Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts attends the ‘Money Monster’ photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. Credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock

The 47-year-old actor told Vanity Fair: “[Social media] is kind of like cotton candy . . . It looks so appealing and you just can’t resist getting in there, and then you just end up with sticky fingers and it lasted an instant.”

That’s about it. Well said.

6) Bradley Cooper

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The 40-year-old Serena actor has a different reason for staying away from social media: he is concerned that it will affect how his fans perceive him in movies. He is concerned that if fans know too much about him, he won’t come across as convincing in a movie because fans will have to work at forgetting who he really is in order to enjoy the part he plays in the movie.


5) and 4) Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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Angelina Jolie and her ex, Brad Pitt, are not tech savvy and have admitted that they don’t understand social media. It’s seems impossible, but there you have it.

3) Rachel McAdams

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The 36-year-old romcom queen of The Notebook and The Time Traveler’s Wife has admitted she’s totally ignorant when it comes to Twitter – hence the lack of an account, reports Marie Claire. She also admitted to not owning a television.

2) Keira Knightley

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Keira Knightle poses at photocall during the 68th Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema in Venice, September 2, 2011 in Venice, Italy. Credit: Massimiliano Marino / Shutterstock

The actress got rid of her Twitter account because she didn’t like how competitive it was. “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,’” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK.

1) Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Sherlock actor has a very dedicated following all over social media, but he himself doesn’t have any social media profiles. He reportedly told Radio Times that tweeting is a skill and that he doesn’t have a talent for it.

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Written by Coert Engels

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