Sir David Attenborough has opened up about why he won’t return to Instagram after a brief stint on the social media platform: because he thinks he’s too old and can’t get used to the ‘new media’, and that he has ‘enough problems’ with actual letters.
Them broadcaster and naturalist, 94, broke the record for the fastest time to hit one million followers when he joined the site in September last year.
However, despite his incredible popularity and having more than six million followers, Sir David has insisted he won’t be back on Instagram to rub virtual shoulders with influencers and the like.
Sir David, whose last post was on October 31, told BBC Radio 1 Breakfast host Greg James on Friday that he can’t deal with the technology.
‘I’m so old I can’t get used to all these new media but I was persuaded to do so in order to do a message about conservation,’ he explained.
‘So for a limited period of time I contributed to Instagram, but I’m off now.
“I’m not on it anymore and I don’t intend to go back. I’ve got enough problems with post. I get 70 letters a day. I do my very best (to respond to them all).’
The TV icon added: ‘Sometimes people, mercifully, don’t actually put their address on because people are so unaccustomed to sending letters.’
At the suggestion more people would now write to him and expect a response, Sir David suggested: ‘If you wouldn’t mind including a self-addressed stamped envelope I’d be delighted to reply.’
Sir David made his debut on Instagram with a message that ‘the world is in trouble” and said that, ‘saving our planet is now a communications challenge’.
His final post saw him telling his millions of followers that ‘saving our planet is a communications challenge’.
Along with a video urging people to take note about the planet being on the ‘brink of a disaster’, he wrote: ‘If enough people want change and take action, a sustainable future is within our grasp.’
The caption went on to say that it would be the final message on the account, and that it will ‘stay open for you to watch David’s messages’.
Frequent collaborators Jonnie Hughes and Colin Butfield, who worked on Sir David’s recent film and book – both titled A Life On Our Planet – helped manage his account in recent months.Credit: Original article published here.