He may be "in love with the shape of you," but this singer isn't too enamored with technology. During the Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late Late Show, Ed Sheeran said that he still doesn't have a cell phone after his yearlong sabbatical from social media. Rather than being hooked on an iPhone or chained to a Samsung Galaxy, Sheeran is at peace only checking his e-mail.
The 26-year-old told host James Corden:
"I had a phone for, like, two weeks and then I like, didn't charge it. It's just like what it would have been like 30 years ago for our parents. Getting rid of that, going traveling, getting perspective, making an album that I love, everything's great."
The Grammy Award-winner with more than 18 million Twitter followers famously quit social media in December 2015, so he could "travel the world and see everything I missed." At the time, the singer left a post on Instagram where he wrote that he was too engrossed with his phone, email and social media that not only was his life passing him by, but he needed to focus on his music. A year later, Sheeran fans were blessed with Divide, which he referred to as "the best thing I have made thus far." Maybe Sheeran is on to something?
There definitely is an advantage to unplugging. Leaving your phone at home reacquaints you with the world where no "likes," "retweets," or "favorites" are allowed. You are given a chance to focus on your work and personal life with undivided attention.
Back in the day, people actually went to brunches without posting what they were eating, attended concerts without recording it on Snapchat, and vented to family, friends, and therapists about their daily lives as opposed to typing a paragraph-long Facebook status. Time to yourself allows you to develop your own perspective and see the world outside of a screen.
Sheeran certainly didn't disappoint with Divide, and all it took was diving himself from the world for a bit.