Aziz Ansari might have taken the internet by storm with his Netflix show Master of None, but he’s not sticking around to hear anyone tell him how great he is. In fact, as a new GQ Style profile revealed, he’s trying to disconnect himself from the internet as much as possible.
“Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content,” he says when talking about removing Twitter, Instagram and email from his phone. “It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things.”
For Ansari, connectivity was much less important than it initially seemed.
“When I first took the browser off my phone, I’m like, [gasp] How am I gonna look stuff up? But most of the shit you look up, it’s not stuff you need to know,” he says. “All those websites you read while you’re in a cab, you don’t need to look at any of that stuff. It’s better to just sit and be in your own head for a minute. I wanted to stop that thing where I get home and look at websites for an hour and a half, checking to see if there’s a new thing. And read a book instead. I’ve been doing it for a couple months, and it’s worked.”
Well, at least we can feel better about Ansari’s reading habits while he’s cruelly trying to put us all out of a job. There’s something surprisingly old-fashioned about this attitude of “The internet is trash, go read a book!” It feels as if Ansari has accidentally stepped into the mind of someone’s grandfather around the time when people were still talking about the Millennium Bug as if it was a real thing. Is this what success does to someone?
Ansari did talk about the possibility of a third season of Master of None, saying that it wouldn’t be arriving for a long while.
“Those [first] two seasons are really personal, and it’s a lot of content, a lot of ideas. Now I need a minute to refill my notebook,” he said. “My life has not progressed enough for me to write season three yet.”
Based on his current mindset, audiences can expect a lot of “Stop looking at your phone!"s and "Get off my lawn!"s whenever the show returns.