Why Matt Smith of "Doctor Who" hates Facebook

'The Girl With All The Gifts' is the best zombie movie of 2016
This British dystopian movie is a tense and thoughtful twist on the zombie genre.

See all Editor's Picks

Doctor Who - Matt Smith by ~BellaMira on deviantART
The Eleventh Doctor thinks the social network encourages netizens to create “surrogate versions of ourselves.” Whoa.

The Eleventh Doctor Who may be a hit with sci-fi fans around the globe, but Matt Smith probably isn’t a hit with Facebook right now. He told TechWeekEurope that he thinks the social network encourages netizens to create “surrogate versions of ourselves.”

Smith, who is soon to depart the hit BBC show after three years as Eleven, told the journal that his favorite technological invention was not, alas, the Sonic Screwdriver, but the portable mp3 player. “But,” he adds, “recently, the blender has been a big part of my life.” He also seems to be a big fan of time travel, which is only fitting for a floppy-haired alien who’s spent the last three years traveling through time and space together—at least on camera.

Yet even though he’s a fan of technology, he’s not so much a fan of social media. Smith told the journal that while he admires the tech skills of kids who’ve grown up with the Internet, he worries about what spending all their time in a digital world is really teaching them:

[I]t worries me that nowadays kids go home from school and socialise on Facebook. I think we create these surrogate versions of ourselves on Facebook, the celebrity versions with the best pictures, and the best comments, and the best friends.

And that weird thing on Twitter, comparing follower numbers. It’s like you’re quantified by the number. Both Twitter and Facebook can be very useful and practical. I see their value, but it’s just not for me.

Sounds like the Doctor is out as far as Twitter’s concerned. But given that the 30-year-old Smith likes to stay close to fans, maybe he just needs to try a different social media experience.

After all, on Tumblr, the only person’s follow count you can see are your own. 

How about it, Eleven? Most of the snazzy Doctor Who handles are already taken, but timetravelingmattsmith.tumblr.com is available.

Just a thought.

Illustration by bellamira/deviantART

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
doctor who
Who will be the 12th Doctor Who?
Who will be the next Doctor? After Matt Smith’s announcement that he’s retiring from the lead role in Doctor Who, British tabloids and sci-fi message boards are rife with speculation.
The Latest From Daily Dot Video
Group

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!