‘Life is still good with­out con­stantly check­ing up­dates on so­cial me­dia’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Re­cently, I took a so­cial me­dia detox, and didn’t touch my phone for 48 hours. I re­alised how bloody de­pen­dent we’ve be­come AR­JUN KAPOOR, AC­TOR

Be­fore Ar­jun Kapoor joined so­cial me­dia, he wasn’t a big fan of the plat­forms. The 32-year-old ac­tor was “against” Twit­ter and Face­book, and only cre­ated an ac­count on th­ese so­cial net­works as a birthday present for his fans.

“I just used to think that you’re re­flect­ing too much of your life on th­ese pub­lic plat­forms. I wanted to pro­tect that pri­vacy and never wanted to overtly show­case my life,” says the ac­tor, who stars in the re­cent re­lease Mubarakan.

“But the fans used to ask me why I’m not on Twit­ter. That’s why I de­cided to gift them this, and on my [2014] birthday I joined so­cial me­dia,” says Ar­jun. “Since then, things have been dif­fer­ent — the kind of love you get from your fans on­line is some­thing else. And it’s not just about the fans; I can get all kinds of news and up­dates [from so­cial me­dia].”

He still guards his pri­vacy. Ar­jun’s In­sta­gram ac­count shows him in pho­tos mostly with co-stars or at film events; there’s very lit­tle of the per­son be­hind the fame. The ac­tor, how­ever, does think that he got ad­dicted to so­cial me­dia quickly. “The bane of so­cial me­dia is that you be­come too de­pen­dent on your phone... You keep check­ing on oth­ers, and what they’re do­ing. It’s ad­dic­tive like that,” he says.

Ar­jun tried some “so­cial me­dia detox”, and though it was hard at first, he says, “I re­alised that I can sur­vive with­out check­ing [the phone]. I mean, life is still good with­out con­stantly check­ing up­dates on so­cial me­dia.”

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