Idris Elba Is Trying To ‘Wean Himself Off Social Media, Says News Makes Him Feel Depressed

Isheka N. Harrison
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Actor Idris Elba said he doesn’t want to be on social media as much as he used to. In this AP photo,Elba arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Idris Elba has shown another way celebrities are just like every day people – they’re addicted to their phones and need breaks from social media. The British heartthrob made the confession in an interview with Fast Company.

Describing himself as “a real tech head,” Elba said he’s been turned off by the world’s connecting platforms lately.

“I’ve been trying to wean myself off. I used to post a lot more, but it’s been putting me off lately,” Elba told Yasmin Gagne.

He added being inundated with news is not good for his mental health. Like most people, while he knows he needs to stay informed, the heaviness of today’s headlines weighs on him.

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“Twitter’s just not how I want to receive my news. I read the news aggregated on my iPad, but I can’t check it constantly – I’m not proud of it, but it’s true – because it makes me feel depressed,” Elba said.

Elba wears many hats as an actor, director, producer, and DJ. His plate is full with a slew of upcoming movies including “Cats,” “The Harder They Fall,” “Concrete Cowboys,” and “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” reported Daily Mail.

He’s also entering the tourism business in Africa’s Sierra Leone, the country his mother is from and the place his parents were married. Elba has partnered with the government there to develop Sherbro island.

“My commitment to Sherbro Island City is driven by a desire to make a difference, but to do so in a fashion which produces tangible benefits for West Africans that may be sustained over the long term,” Elba said in the press statement.

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The way he balances it all: A great assistant, scheduling strategy and making good use of his downtime.

“I have an incredible assistant, Marsha, who keeps everything on track. Every night, she texts me the plan for the next day. It took us a while to find our system, but it’s bulletproof now,” Elba told Fast Company.

“I’ll just sit in the dark, stare, and try not to do anything – just clear my mind and decompress,” Elba said of his downtime.

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