This past Wednesday marked two years since Ed Sheeran got rid of his phone. He marked the occasion by reposting his original “good-bye social media” message on Instagram, with the caption “2 years since I ditched my phone x”.

Sheeran spoke to E! News about the thought process around his decision to go phone-free, saying he went off the grid because his life “wasn’t balanced” and that “taking it all off the scale balanced it, oddly enough.” The singer has been vocal about how social media and smartphones have affected his life, appearing on an episode of Carpool Karaoke in June and telling host James Corden that he got rid of his phone in part because even though people were contacting him constantly, no one was asking him how he actually was. Sheeran reiterated that earlier this year on The Ellen Degeneres Show as well, saying that now, “I don’t wake up in the morning and have to answer 50 messages of people asking for stuff. It’s just like, I wake up and have a cup of tea.”

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    Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive

    Alexandra Hayes is a Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive, she was a middle school reading teacher in Canarsie, Brooklyn.