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Stevie Nicks is very particular about certain things in her life. She has to put her mattress on the floor whenever she’s feeling overwhelmed by fame and wants to return to simple times. There have to be rainbow lightbulbs in her home, as well as “fabulous” sheets. A photo of her and George Harrison has to be on her at all times when she’s on tour, as does her expensive massage chair.

However, there is one thing that Nicks is the most particular about, excessive cellphone and computer use. If you’re around Nicks, don’t expect any technology to be around. When she’s talking to you, there are no screens allowed.

Stevie Nicks performing in Santa Barbara, CA, 2010.
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Stevie Nicks thinks technology is ‘obnoxious’

Despite her recent fame on Tik Tok, Nicks isn’t a big fan of cellphones and other technology like computers. During an interview with the Associated Press, Nicks spoke at length about her distaste. She doesn’t like how they’ve “taken over the world.”

“I believe computers have taken over the world, I believe that they’ve really in many ways, ruined our children, I believe that kids used to love to go out and play, I believe that social graces are gone because manners are gone because all people do is sit around and text; I think it’s obnoxious,” Nicks said.

When the interviewer asked what Nicks does when a person she’s with goes on their phone, Nicks said, “I’m going to put my hand on your hand and I’m going to say, ‘Turn it off. For now. Just give me an hour of you. I really want an hour of just you and your heart. I don’t want you talking to somebody else while we’re having lunch.’

“It’s love, you know, it’s relationships. I don’t want love and relationships to be lost, and I feel that’s what’s happening,” Nicks concluded.

Nicks’ cellphone is only used as a camera

Nicks’ views on technology haven’t gotten better over the years. She still dislikes it so much that she doesn’t even own a computer and has no cell service on her cellphone. In 2020, Nicks spoke to the LA Times on a landline. “She has a personal line that she dances around when it rings, wondering ‘Who could it be? Is this a two-hour call? Is this going to be a tragedy?’ and an emergency line to which her assistant attends,” the Times wrote.

“She does not have a computer,” they continued. “She does have an iPhone, but it doesn’t have cellular service and she uses it only as a camera. Despite her distaste for social media, Nicks has gone viral a few times in recent months.” They’re talking about Nathan Apodaca’s viral Tik Tok in which he skateboards chugging a bottle of cranberry juice, listening to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.”

In 2015, Nicks told Us Weekly (per Music News) that she used to take photos, mostly selfies, using her Canon digital camera, but considered getting an iPhone, not to use as a phone but as a replacement camera.

“Nothing compares to the old Polaroids, but I always have my Canon digital camera. It’s scratched to death!” she said. “I have thousands and thousands of ridiculously unimportant selfies that I took while trying to learn to be a photographer. I might actually give in and get an iPhone, though. Not to use as a phone, I just need a better picture-taker.”


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Nicks has a flip phone for emergencies

Of course, nowadays, it would be dangerous, especially for a celebrity, not to carry a cellphone. So, Nicks does carry around her little flip phone in case of emergencies.

“I’m super old-school,” she continued to Us Weekly. “I have a red Nokia flip phone for emergencies, I call it the ‘fire phone’ because I had to be evacuated from the Latigo Canyon Fire in Malibu a few years back. I was alone and terrified, so I thought, okay, I need to get an emergency little cell. Otherwise, I’ll only talk on the phone if I’m near a landline and really have the time.”

Still, Nicks is more concerned about having a pen on her than her phone. How else could she jot down everything and anything that comes to her mind? She could be inspired to write the next “Rhiannon” at any moment. If she didn’t have a pen, she’d forget all about it. Maybe someone should teach Nicks that she can write her inspirations down in Notepad.