Johnny Depp probably won’t be your BBM friend anytime soon.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor recently gave an interview where he denounced our technology-fueled culture and choices to pick entertainment over our true selves.
“Sometimes I’d like to run away screaming from our technology-obsessed world, the invasive media, the madness of reality TV,” Depp said. “We’ve lost touch with the simple things of life. We’re losing our individuality.”
I don’t think Depp is alone in thinking that technology is not always a good thing, and how many of us have been out to dinner only to lose a friend’s attention mid-sentence because they are in the midst of an intense game of Angry Birds on their iPhone?
My own bitterness aside, Depp already lives a fairly secluded life. The 47-year-old resides in the south of France with his family— daughter Lily-Rose, 11, son Jack, 8, and long-term partner Vanessa Paradis— where they live quietly and grow their own vegetables. And when things get too real they can hop on a plane to their privately owned Caribbean island, which has previously won recognition for being solar powered and utilizing renewable energy.
“The island might sound extravagant, but I need somewhere I can breathe easily or just sit around and chat without someone taking my picture,” Depp explained.
Hell, if I had the money I’d buy my own island too, and lord knows the paparazzi aren’t chasing me down (yet).
But Depp credits his family with giving him the desire to be less reliant on technology and focus on the important things. “Anything I’d done before was kind of an illusion,” he said. “My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life. Now, my greatest hope is that I’ll be fair to the people I love.”
I’d tell you my thoughts on Johnny Depp and technology, but my DVR has this really important episode of The Jersey Shore that I need to go watch…