1/ 10 While a lot of celebrities are diplomatic about explaining their social media distaste, Nespresso man George Clooney is a hater and he is not afraid to show it. He is of the opinion that "anyone who is famous is a moron if they're on Twitter", because as he sees it, the worst thing they can do is make themselves more available and went on to declare, "I'd rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page." Reuters Keira Knightly has often made clear her distaste for over-sharing with the public and has gone on record to say that she hates the internet finds it "dehumanizing" to constantly check emails and social media sites. That however did not stop her from creating a Twitter account under a fake name, which had to be deleted in under 12 hours as "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!" Reuters Thanks to his army of dedicated Sherlock, Hobbit and Star Trek fans, Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most talked-about celebrities on Twitter and other social media, but the start himself is not planning to join anytime soon. In his own words, he would have trouble 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." Reuters Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, takes turns being infuriated at and terrified of social media. "Twitter f***s me over every day," she says. She is wary of people near her tweeting out they are next to Kristen Stewart and leading the paparazzi to her. On the one hand it makes sense that with the kind overexposure that came with starring in Twilight movies, she stays away from social media, but to think that it will lead to her murder? She feels that she is "..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.. boom" Reuters One would assume the man who took the centre stage in the Oscar selfie that actually broke Twitter would have his own handle, but no! The American Hustle star Bradley Cooper says he is too old-fashioned for social media. He may be too professional to maintain one too, if one were to go by his words: "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." Reuters Jennifer Lawrence has always- knowingly or unknowingly- managed provide some laugh-worthy award show moments and incredible photobombs, so hers would have been a Twitter feed to watch out. However, she too is unlikely to join any social media any time soon as she says it confuses and overwhelms her. "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." Reuters It's not just Sherlock who refrains from all sorts of social media, but his friend and guide Dr Watson too prefers to shy away from putting himself out there on the internet. Martin Freeman may play a master blogger, but in real life, he prefers not to have his muf plastered all over the internet. He is wary of the many Sherlock filming pictures that find their way to Twitter before the episodes air. "I'm not a huge fan of it. I don't think technological advances like that are exactly progress really," he clarifies. Reuters SNL alum Tina Fey has also refrained from social media, because aside from feeling like she could get into it "too much," she fears Twitter would give away too much of her humor. The comedian told during an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she would rather hold on to her jokes than share them with the world on social media. She is not just timid about joining, Fey also believes that people "should have to get a license to use Twitter.. because most people are so f**king boring, that they should shut up." Reuters Some celebrities like supermodel Kate Moss are quite happy to stay away from the camera when they are not paid to be in front of it. In fact, Moss thinks the advent of Instagram and other social media, people seem to have lost track of basic manners. "Now, with Instagram and everything, everyone's so on their phones that even when I'm in a restaurant someone will come up and ask to get a picture with me. I'm like 'No'. There are no boundaries any more." Reuters Finally, the Hollywood supercouple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been open and honest about their lack of hi-tech know-how, with Jolie admitting: "As Brad knows, I don't really know how to turn on a computer". Hubby Pitt is not much better, with him apparently "getting lost" while shopping for Christmas gifts online. "After an hour, we just shut it off," she said. These might hint the fans as to why the power couple do now manage any social media accounts. Sure, you may not have an Oscar, but at least you are on the internet without "getting lost". Reuters
While it may seem like a pre-requisite for every celebrity to be active on social media to further their career, what with Kim Kardashian posting a new skimpy bikini selfie every five minutes and Shia LeBeouf keeping his followers on their toes with the many plagiarized tweets, there are a surprising number of stars who shun sites like Twitter and Instagram.
While a lot of them still haven't gotten the hang of it and do not really care either way, there are those who value their privacy and have no interest in sharing every minute detail of their lives with hordes of fans around the world.