“Last week, Anne Hathaway outed Robert De Niro, Hollywood legend and her co-star in The Intern, as being a fan of The Bachelor,” writes Miller.
.”And now, here’s an equally endearing anecdote from the Oscar-winning actress about Martin Scorsese’s go-to gruff—specifically that he has not yet adapted to those fancy-schmancy smart devices you kids call phones.
“While discussing their generation gap with People, Hathaway, ever the diplomat, says that the only difference she noticed between herself and the 72-year-old actor was his wisdom: ‘I just always think, My gosh, how much more have you seen!’
“De Niro, however, does not hesitate to pipe in with one key deviation he noticed, in terms of technology and social networking. ‘I have a computer,’ the actor says, ‘but I don’t do Facebook, don’t do Twitter, don’t do . . . what’s the other one?’
“When Hathaway comes to the actor’s rescue—’Instagram’—she drops the endearing bombshell about his phone.
“’Bob, can I out you about something?’ she asks before proceeding. ‘He has a flip phone. We talked about it [on set] when he wasn’t around. We all thought it was cute.’
“(In De Niro’s defense, a 2015 study shows that a third of Americans are not smartphone owners.)
“De Niro, refusing to be smartphone shamed, offers this explanation: ‘They’re easy to use!’”
De Niro isn’t the only one who loves flip phones.
Last year Vogue editor Anna Wintour was photographed by NewYork magazine using her flip phone at the US Open.
Rihanna uses a flip phone, making it seem like the most fashionable accessory available.
Warren Buffett, worth $67 billion, showed off his flip phone on CNN last year. “This is the one Alexander Graham Bell gave me,” he joked to Piers Morgan.
…and so does Scarlett Johannson.
Why are people returning to the old phones? Treehugger has some possible answers: ” The smaller, more pocket-friendly size, the battery that lasts one to two weeks, and, if you’re not picky, options that can still be bought for a small price.
“Also, remember how rugged those older phones were? How many times did you drop yours and have it survive with barely a scratch? Smartphones are notoriously fragileand many people are tired of worrying over cracked screens.
“But maybe most of all, people are switching as a direct response to the totally connected lives we now lead. If you already have a tablet or laptop or both, why have a smartphone too? A basic phone that lets you make calls and send texts may be preferable at that point.
“And just like people’s fondness for music on vinyl, an old cell phone has a vintage feel and people feel trendy and different from the masses by using one instead of a smartphone that looks everyone else’s smartphone.
“We have two types of profiles: the 25 to 35 year-olds attracted by the retro and offbeat side of a telephone that is a little different, and those who are nostalgic for the phone that they used when they were younger,” said Maxime Chanson, who founded Lekki, a cell phone reseller, in 2010.
“Some use it to complement their smartphone, but others are going for the vintage, tired of the technology race between the phone makers.”