NRL legend Matty Johns reveals he doesn’t have a computer computer

NRL legend Matty Johns reveals he doesn’t have a computer and lets his wife run his Instagram as social media ‘explode with hate’, hurting players’ mental health

Matty Johns will be the big 50 in the coming days.

And the NRL star and media personality says he misses the 1990s, when he played with the Newcastle Knights and enjoyed ‘partying’ at a time before social media ‘exploded with hate’.

“The worst thing that ever happened to me was the 21st century!” he tells this week’s number of Constellation.

Back in time: Matty Johns (pictured) will be the big 50 in the coming days. And the NRL star and media personality says he misses the 1990s, when he played with the Newcastle Knights, and enjoyed ‘partying’ in a time before social media ‘exploded with hate’

‘I don’t do social media. I don’t even have a computer. I don’t have an email address and my wife does my Instagram account.

“The social media aspect has increased the pressure tenfold. The great thing about the 90s was that you never knew what people were saying about you. Now you do, it’s called Twitter. And it’s such a hypocritical world.’

The Fox League host goes on to say that the “pressure” of the online space can affect a player’s mental health.

Not online: Honest: 'I don't do social media.  I don't even have a computer.  I don't have an email address and my wife does my Instagram account,

Not online: Honest: ‘I don’t do social media. I don’t even have a computer. I don’t have an email address and my wife does my Instagram account,” he says. Pictured with wife Trish Johns

He added: “The social media aspect has increased the pressure tenfold.  The great thing about the 90s was that you never knew what people were saying about you.  Now you do, it's called Twitter.  And it's such a hypocritical world'

He added: “The social media aspect has increased the pressure tenfold. The great thing about the 90s was that you never knew what people were saying about you. Now you do, it’s called Twitter. And it’s such a hypocritical world’

“As a young player, you turn on your phone and your accounts start to explode with hate,” he adds.

“The advantage these days is that clubs and coaches are much more aware of mental health and the toll that a high-pressure environment takes on a young player.”

The footy legend says he’s “infinitely happier now” and as he gets older, he cares less about what people think of him.

True: The Fox League host goes on to say that the 'pressure' of the online space can affect a player's mental health.

True: The Fox League host goes on to say that the ‘pressure’ of the online space can affect a player’s mental health. “As a young player, you turn on your phone and your accounts start to explode with hate,” he says zegt

A successful football career: Matty played 221 games in 10 years, including 176 games with the Newcastle Knights, 24 with the Wigan Warriors and 21 with the Cronulla Sharks.

A successful football career: Matty played 221 games in 10 years, including 176 games with the Newcastle Knights, 24 with the Wigan Warriors and 21 with the Cronulla Sharks.

Matty has played 221 games in 10 years, including 176 with the Newcastle Knights, 24 with the Wigan Warriors and 21 with the Cronulla Sharks.

The former League player also played in four State of Origin matches, representing New South Wales in the mid-late 1990s.

He is now a footy commentator and media personality after retiring in 2002 due to shoulder and neck injuries sustained while playing for the Sharks.

Matty became a regular on The Footy Show, before presenting NRL panel series, The Late Show with Matty Johns, on the Fox League channel on Foxtel.

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine

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