The veteran broadcaster has revealed the depth of his contempt, lambasting Facebook and the ‘utterly pointless’ Twitter for fuelling ‘idiocies’.
In words that will strike a chord with many, the 72-year-old said he cannot understand why users feel the need to post constant updates on their every thought and movement.
‘I do not do Facebook or Twitter,’ he said in an interview with Radio Times.
‘I am anti the sort of idiocies that Twitter frequently produces and baffled by people who feel they’ve got to be telling everybody what they’re doing all the time.
‘If I want to hear what ordinary people think then I will talk to them in a pub. Twitter is utterly pointless.’ In his intense dislike of social media, Humphrys has an unlikely ally in former Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten.
The one-time punk told Q magazine: ‘Social media is a very, very silly thing. I think it’s evil, the way people anonymously poke their noses into other people’s private lives.