Jack White Reveals That He's Never Owned A Cell Phone
By Katrina Nattress
June 19, 2019
Jack White definitely seems like the type of person who wouldn't be interested in cell phones, but in 2019 it's kind of hard to live without one, right? Apparently not. During a recent interview with UK's Channel 4, the guitar virtuoso revealed that he's never owned a mobile phone.
“For someone like me, who is one of the few who doesn’t own a cellphone, it is pretty funny to walk down the street and see everyone doing this,” he commented, motioning his hands to be a screen near his face. “I’ve never owned one, so when I’m out there I’m an anomaly and I’m looking at everybody. To me, everybody looks silly. And then you’re like, ‘Whatever, it’s their lives’. Who knows? Maybe this is the way everything is going to be from now on. I have no idea and nobody really does. Maybe it’ll turn to implants. Probably it’ll turn into a microchip behind our eyeball or whatever.”
His stance on the devices explain why he's been partnering with Yondr's phone-storing pouches during his live shows, forcing guests to surrender their phones before entering the venue. “I thought it was a big art project at first, just to see if people would think if it was funny, or cool, or just a new experience, like an escape room.” He revealed. “To my surprise, and to everyone else’s surprise, everyone loved it. We’ve been doing it now for over a year so it’s been shocking how much people love it.”
However, society's reliance on smartphones also brings up a bigger issue in White's mind. “It brings up these real big questions like, ‘So you need someone to tell you that you can’t use it to actually not use it?’ How sad, that’s pretty sad. Again, coming from someone who isn’t part of it, it’s easy for me to say because I don’t have that addiction,” he said.
Watch the full interview below.
“If you can’t just put that [mobile phone] down for an hour and experience life in a real way, that’s sad.”— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) June 19, 2019
Musician Jack White talks about why he doesn’t own a mobile phone and why he’s banned mobiles from his concerts, in the latest Ways to Change the World podcast. pic.twitter.com/hFkSQI9hTr
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