Arjun Kapoor: Life is still good without checking constant updates on the phone

Actor Arjun Kapoor, who was ‘against’ Twitter and Facebook before finally joining the club for the sake of his fans, feels that people are getting addicted to social media and describes his 48-hour smartphone detox.

bollywood Updated: Aug 08, 2017 15:23 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
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Actor Arjun Kapoor joined Twitter in April 2014, as a way to keep in touch with his fans.

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. “Before joining [them], I was against social media. 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 were complaining, and they used to ask me why I’m not on Twitter. That’s why I decided to gift them this, and on my 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. It’s good to stay in touch with the fans, and you know you can’t meet them, so social media is one platform where you can interact with all of them. And it’s not just about the fans; I can get all kinds of news and updates [from social media],” he adds.

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. I mean, I’m not the one who is constantly updating what I’m up to, but you know you keep checking on others, and what they’re doing. It’s addictive like that, and I think one needs to be a bit careful of that,” he says.

To battle this social media addiction, Arjun says that he stopped using his phone for 48 hours. “Recently, I took a social media detox, and didn’t touch my phone for 48 hours. I realised how bloody dependent we’ve become, and initially, I couldn’t adjust to that. But then later, I realised that I can survive without checking [the phone]. I mean, life is still good without constantly checking updates on social media,” he laughs.

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First Published: Aug 08, 2017 15:23 IST