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Jon Hamm calls social media 'the visual equivalent of masturbating'

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Jon Hamm is not a fan of social media.

In a recent interview with InStyle, the actor explained why he’s a rare star with no social media presence. “The point of life is not to put dog ears on yourself and post it online for everyone to see,” he said. “It’s fun, it’s adorable, but it’s the visual equivalent of masturbating — there’s no point other than immediate gratification.”

InStyle notes that Hamm does have an Instagram account, but he uses it purely to follow others and has never posted.

Since the conclusion of Mad Men in 2015, the actor has kept a lower profile, primarily taking on off-beat supporting roles. He returns to big screens this summer with a villainous turn in Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.

Hamm told InStyle that Wright’s unique style is what drove him to the project. “Edgar is an original artist, and I just love his work,” he said. “Whether his films are commercially successful, I don’t give a s— about.”

Carter Smith for InStyle

The star admits that he’s more concerned with doing things that are interesting than being a movie star. Speaking about the enduring appeal of Mad Men, he said, “We all want to be involved in something that takes hold of the culture and makes people sit up and say, ‘Hey, that’s interesting.’ Actually, that’s all I ever wanted. I never wanted to be a Tom Cruise type of megastar.”

He also opened up about his 2015 stint in rehab, being single, and why good art moves him. The interview is accompanied by a video in which Hamm reveals that his signature scent is “dream and aspirations, along with dog hair and wet clay.”

Read the full interview here.